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Thursday 25 th February 2010 Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK Presented by: Jacqueline Ward Bradford Education Service for New.

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1 Thursday 25 th February 2010 Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK Presented by: Jacqueline Ward Bradford Education Service for New Communities and Travellers: United Kingdom

2 Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK Roma communities in the UK and in mainland Europe have been subjected to centuries of persecution and discrimination. Their needs are very similar to all other groups whether they are in the UK or mainland Europe. I will now outline my perception of the similarities and differences in need. Similarities: all communities need: accommodation health care education/training a feeling of safety and security

3 Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK Differences: along with other groups in society who have experienced prejudice and discrimination Roma families need: Explicit high expectations Protection by the legal system An awareness by statutory and voluntary agencies of their and historical background.

4 Interventions Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK

5 Interventions in the Bradford District to support the Roma Communities are based on entitlements under English Law e.g. school places and health care. There are specialist projects to assist the Roma communities. However, the task is to ensure that all statutory and voluntary agencies provide appropriate responses To facilitate this the following have been established Multi – agency working Bradford Central and Eastern European Working Group Consultation with the Roma Communities Advice sessions to access the different Roma communities to statutory and voluntary services Welcome to Bradford booklet Interpretation – point of access Employment of members of the Roma communities Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK

6 Training to Schools, Colleges, Health Workers, Social Services Staff and other services to raise awareness of cultural and social factors affecting the Roma Communities in England. DVDs produced: EU Migrant Worker Families a Learning Experience and Education Today. LACO Project for recent Central and Eastern European Migrants: gives advice/guidance. Empowered the local Roma communities to establish a community association. Bradford Migrants Advocacy Forum. Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month: Celebrating Achievement

7 Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK

8 Barriers to Social Inclusion Language Mobility Housing Issues Income No Recourse to Public Funds Prejudice and Discrimination: from existing communities from other migrants Unrealistic expectations of job opportunities One way tickets from local authorities in some areas of home countries

9 Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK Funding Responses Include: The New to English Contingency Grant: a one off payment of £500 per child to schools admitting New to English Learners (conditions apply). LACO project funded by the Health Service. Migration Impact Fund: national government funding. Standards Funding: Education Service for New Communities

10 Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK

11 Education Service for New Communities and Travellers Education Bradford Future House Bolling Road Bradford BD4 7PS T: E: Roma Migration and Local Responses: Bradford District: UK


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