EU CALLS FOR ACTION ON HOUSING SEGREGATION, WHILE MANY ROMA LIVE FROM ‘EXPULSION TO EXPULSION’
In its 2023 submission to UNCERD, ERRC research found that families living in informal camps were persistently evicted without respect for the protections prescribed by international standards. Residents were not consulted prior to eviction and they did not receive formal eviction orders, making it difficult to challenge the evictions legally: “The situation of schoolchildren, elderly people, pregnant women and people with health issues was not taken into consideration. Most of the time the evictees were not offered alternative accommodation, which forced them into an endless cycle of evictions from one camp to another.”
Often families get caught up in a cycle of repeat evictions, with employment opportunities scuppered, and schooling for children disrupted.
The focus on housing in these Council Conclusions is welcome, and the recommendations are worthy. On the issue of what constitutes segregation, the Council’s definitional clarity is noteworthy: “segregated settlements are slums and substandard housing settlements of an informal and stable nature, with physical, functional and/or social isolation, where the objective conditions related to housing, poverty and access to rights and public services are significantly worse as compared to the rest of the population.”