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Life in a Roma settlement at the edge of the European Union

Ukraine, 2018 – A series of case studies profiling the country's excluded Roma population.

As part of MRG’s project ‘A Partnership for All: Developing Strategies for Socio-Economic Cooperation Between Roma Communities and Local Authorities in Ukraine’, funded by the European Union, our Senior Media Officer Emma Eastwood paid a visit to a Roma community to see for herself what living conditions were like for one of Europe’s most marginalized minorities.

Around 7,000 Roma have been living for some 60 years in a settlement on the outskirts of Berehovo, a town that lies in Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region, just a few kilometres from the edge lands of the EU, where the country abuts the borders of Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. As I entered the settlement accompanied by […]

Olena works as a nurse employed by Berehovo municipality to attend to the basic health needs of Roma who live in a settlement on the edge of the city. She is also a Roma mediator, employed by MRG’s partner in Ukraine, Chirikli, and funded by our EU programme. It is an innovative set-up pioneered by […]

Valeria is the first young Roma woman to be elected to Berehovo City Council. At 28, she has held the position of councillor for her district for almost three years, along with the only other Roma council member in the city, who is a man. Unlike the majority of Roma women in Ukraine, and in […]

I’d been told about a school № 7 in Berehovo, where all of the students are Roma, the majority from the nearby settlement I had just visited, and so stopped by to see for myself. On entering the foyer I was given a warm welcome by the enthusiastic headmistress, Agnesa Kudron, dressed in a stylish green […]