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* SERCo brochures in French and English
The SERCo project brochures are now available in French and English also printed version.

Social Entrepreneurship for Roma Communities (SERCo) is a project financed by the European Union under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme to address the problem of social and economic inclusion of Roma communities in the member states.

The project’s main objective is to streamline Roma social entrepreneurship creation in the National Roma Integration Strategies, as recommended by the European Commission. The key project target group are the Roma, especially mediators and community leaders, policy-makers, and public administrators.

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OTHER news

* How they reduced Sheffield’s ‘boiling pot of racial tension’ to a simmer
​By Yorkshire Post

​Three years ago the Page Hall area of Sheffield was described as a ‘boiling pot’ of racial tension. Sarah Freeman returns to the area to find out what happened next. Even the most optimistic of estate agents would struggle to describe the Page Hall area of Sheffield as up and coming. Alongside the mostly rented terrace houses, there’s a mix of discount food and clothing shops and on most corners there’s a group of teenagers looking for diversion and struggling to find it.

Streets like this, ones that will never feature in any glossy city living brochure, are the kind found in most big urban sprawls, but Page Hall comes with its own unique demographic. A few years after Slovakia’s entrance to the European Union in 2004, Sheffield found itself becoming home to a wave of Roma families desperate to escape the high unemployment and racism of home. Their arrival took the city by surprise. So the story goes, one man from the Slovakian settlement of Brystany was the first to arrive and having reported good things the rest of the village followed. Most headed to Page Hall. By the time the authorities got a handle on the situation, tensions between the new Roma community and their neighbours were already strained…
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* New UNICEF Report  Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Migrant and Refugee Children

​The new UNICEF report presents the best available data on child migrants and refugees around the world – where they are born, where they move, and the dangers they face along the way.
Given the size of the full report (available here), please find enclosed the executive summary. The press release on the report launch is available here. Apologies for any cross-posting! Children represent a disproportionate and growing proportion of those who have sought refuge outside their countries of birth: they make up about a third of the global population but about half of all refugees. The report comes in advance of the 19 September UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and calls for placing children at the centre of discussion. 

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* Hungary honours journalist who called Roma people ‘animals’, prompting others to return the same prize

​​A Hungarian state honour given to a prominent journalist close to Prime Minister Viktor Orban but seen by his critics as a racist has prompted several dozen recipients of the same award to return theirs in protest. The journalist, Zsolt Bayer, was one of several Hungarian citizens handed an Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross by President Janos Ader on Thursday, to mark one of Hungary’s national days.
By late Monday, according to Hungarian media, some 44 previous recipients of the decoration including scientists, artists and academics, had declared they were returning their own awards in protest.
An occasional columnist for the right-wing Magyar Hirlapdaily, Bayer has often been photographed in Orban’s company, and co-founded a civil group that has organised massive pro-government street demonstrations. He has in the past compared the Hungary’s 600,000-700,000 Roma people, the nation’s largest minority group, to “animals”. He has also written remarks deemed anti-Semitic in a country with a Jewish community estimated at over 100,000

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* Czech MP says Roma "don't go to work" and are "parasites on our social system"
By th, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

​"A certain group of inhabitants doesn't go to work and are parasites on our social system, and if they are poorly integrated and in the majority [locally], then residents who are doing their best to uphold our standards and meet their work obligations are not absolutely understood by that group and are oppressed by them," Czech MP Radka Maxová (ANO) said during a discussion program broadcast by Czech Radio Plus on the evening of 12 September. The topic of the discussion was supposed to be the remarks made by Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, who heads the ANO movement, about the former concentration camp for Romani people at Lety by Písek and about the situation in socially excluded localities.

"I don't want us to hide behind ambiguities here. We are talking, here and now, about Romani people - or at least Andrej Babiš was not ambiguous about that. In this context, I would like to point out that social exclusion actually does not affect all Romani people here, just one-third of them. Also, it affects many more non-Romani people - just as unemployment, for example, in Varnsdorf, actually is not just a Romani problem," responded Saša Uhlová, a journalist with the online news server Deník referendum who has a degree in Romani Studies.
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* ERIO at the High Level Event on Roma youth empowerment
The EU Slovak Presidency and the European Commission is organizing a High Level Event on Roma youth empowerment which will take place on October 10-11 in Bratislava. The event will bring together around 200 participants , representing relevant national authorities from the EU Member States, enlargement countries,international organizations, EU and national level NGOs, Roma and non-Roma youth and media. The conference will focus on promoting the role of Roma youth as a driving force in the Roma integration process. Official opening speeches will be delivered by Ms. Mrs Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission , Mr Ján Richter, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of Slovakia and Mr Ábel Ravasz, Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Slovak republic for Roma Communities. ERIO representative will present the organizational experience in working with Roma youth and their role in advocacy for access to education and employment at national and local level.
Join the The European Roma Media Network!

The European Roma Media Network was an outcome of ERIO’s conference “Media: a key tool to fight hate speech and anti-Gypsyism” organised on 23 June 2015 in Brussels. The ultimate goal of this informal Network is to join efforts to invert the role of the media as a tool to fight anti-Roma sentiments and anti-Gypsyism. The media has a crucial role in combating racism and stereotypes about the Roma. This can be achieved with an ethical and critical journalism which aims to raise awareness and provide a greater understanding regarding Roma issues.
The role of the Network is to provide an online platform for different stakeholders to exchange information and ideas about good practices and to discuss possible challenges and opportunities in tackling negative stereotypes and hate speech in the media. A parallel objective of the Network is to monitor and react to hate speech and negative portrayal of Roma in the media and address the responsible authorities.Who can join? Members of the Network should be journalists (Roma and non-Roma), media experts or NGOs working on media.

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To apply for membership please fill in this registration form and send it to office@erionet.eu
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