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South Yorkshire Roma reports

South Yorkshire Roma reports

News item 10 July 2017:

Photos from launch event of South Yorkshire Roma

Migration Yorkshire has published a series of new reports based on the learning from a 2016 project to bring together Roma communities and Roma support organisations to look at how best to tackle Roma exclusion in South Yorkshire. This project took place in a unique context, just after the EU referendum vote in the UK.

‘We were lucky to be able to talk to Roma communities around the time of the Brexit vote, which helped us to understand in real time the everyday impacts of a very politicised moment,’ said Pip Tyler from Migration Yorkshire, the lead researcher on the project. ‘Most research isn’t able to capture events as they happen. Hopefully these reports can help organisations who want to work together to support Roma communities and to get a better understanding of their fears, priorities and the options they feel they have open to them.’

Key messages from the reports

1 Building trust by designing projects around Roma priorities

There is lots of good work that has already been happening in South Yorkshire. We think that engagement and trust with Roma service users could be developed further by designing projects around Roma priorities, which in this project were clearly about employment or their children.

2 Significant gaps in knowledge

We found significant gaps in the knowledge of many staff in public services and among the local community about migrant Roma living in their neighbourhoods. Building up their knowledge, understanding and confidence to engage with Roma as service users, colleagues and neighbours could improve Roma access to mainstream services and improve relationships within local communities.

3 A need to react quickly to changes

We want to encourage services to be ready to respond to changes happening in Roma communities. These changes include increased diversity among Roma service users, less transience, but increased precariousness in terms of work, income and reception by local communities. There are opportunities for engagement here, such as providing support to document individuals’ residency as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

At a glance

The infographic below gives a taster of some of the findings of the research.







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