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ROMA - A Discussion of Diversity and the Treatment of Minorities in Europe: Unit 3






Learning about the Roma experience in Europe is not only about learning history. It is about understanding the presence, and it is also an insight into a common European future.

Explore the European Roma’s history and the contemporary issues they face regarding race, identity, discrimination, and their impacts on European politics through the third unit of Humanity in Action Denmark’s and CanopyLAB’s e-course.

Who are the Roma/ni people? And why is this question important? During this 4-week course, distinguished scholar, journalist and activist Konstanty Gebert analyses the experiences of the Roma people of Europe starting from the Porajmos – the Roma Holocaust (also known as Pharrajimos, or Porrajmos). Often called a forgotten chapter in European history, the Porajmos is important to not only the Roma but also European history and identity at large, because the Roma are fundamentally European people.

Overview of Unit 3

In this unit, Konstanty Gebert discusses issues of racism and discrimination that have characterized relation between Roma and non-Roma. The Roma have an inbuilt mistrust of the institutions of the European states. To make the problem worse, the Roma are an internally very diverse community, and there is growing internal mistrust of middle-class Roma who are seen as disloyal and unreliable.