“May God give you luck and health.”
Common Roma/Gypsy blessing
The first Roma from Central and Eastern Europe came to the UK in the 1990s seeking asylum to escape widespread racism and discrimination.
Since the EU enlargements in 2004 and 2007, they have been able to exercise their right to free movement as EU citizens. Although it is not known exactly how many Roma live in the UK, the best estimate is around 500,000, of which approximately 65% are children of school age.
Roma from Central and Eastern Europe are from the same broad ethnic group as English Gypsies, and suffer similar discrimination to Irish Travellers.
However Roma face issues that are similar to other ethnic groups who recently migrated to the UK, in addition to those commonly experienced by Gypsies and Travellers.
There are considerable gaps in the knowledge about the Roma; this training module has been designed to address some of those gaps.
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