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.
The research was made as part of the Empower Roma Youth – ERY 2023 project, funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed in the research are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.