Phiren Amenca

Youth Against Antigypsyism – Roma youth participation in mainstream youth structures research

This research, entitled the “Roma Youth Participation in Mainstream Youth Structures” sheds light on the current state of Roma participation in mainstream youth organizations.

The research aimed to assess whether national youth councils involved Roma youth organizations or individuals among their members, if their activities are involving or focusing on Roma youth and Roma youth issues and, are committed to furthering this cause.

Our aim with this study was to map how much Roma youth are represented in national youth councils and by how much they can influence national policies, to highlight positive examples of Roma youth participation, as well as to identify persistent barriers that hinder Roma youth participation, particularly in European countries with a substantial Roma population.

In line with our work objectives, this study provides valuable recommendations for both national youth councils and international youth organizations on how to enhance their work in terms of equality, diversity, and inclusion, emphasizing steps to transform Roma youth participation from an absent component of European normality to a thriving reality.

This research is part of the Youth Against Antigypsyism – YAG project, led by the Phiren Amenca International Network, Belgium in partnership
with RGDTS, Hungary, and Center for Interethnic Dialogue Amalipe, Bulgaria.

The YAG project is funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme of the European Union. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.