The situation of the Roma in Italy

Francesco Palermo


The paper briefly illustrates the legal situation of the Roma and Sinti minority in Italy, focusing in particular on the reasons that so far have prevented their official recognition as national minority. From the non-recognition a number of negative consequences arise, leading to a severe marginalization. At the same time, a number of commendable activities are carried out, especially at local level, although with a piecemeal approach. At national level, a mechanism for dialogue between the government and the Roma and Sinti communities has recently been institutionalized, which is a first step in the right direction, although by far insufficient.


Roma and Sinti, National Minorities, Recognition, Effective Participation

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ISSN 2282-0043 - Registered at the Court of Rome on Nov. 8, 2012, no. 305/2012

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