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Migrant Roma in the United Kingdom: Population size and experiences of local authorities and partners

There currently exists an inadequate understanding of the size of the migrant Roma population resident in
the United Kingdom (UK) and, despite some notable examples, a parallel lack of awareness of the significant
issues and experiences faced by members of this community across the country. In 2012 the Sustainable
Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford undertook research, funded by the Joseph
Rowntree Charitable Trust, across the UK in order to address this knowledge gap. The overall objective of
this study was to provide an evidence-base with the aim of informing a more comprehensive and accurate
development of measures to support the inclusion of migrant Roma in the UK. There were two specific
objectives:

  1. To obtain hard data about the number of migrant Roma at a national, regional and local authority
    level.
  2. To identify particular service areas where local authorities, partners and Roma communities may
    need additional support to enable positive outcomes.

The report was based on data gathered from a UK wide survey of all local authorities.

It provides an estimate of the size of the Eastern European Roma community now resident in the UK, and its locations, and also includes an analysis of qualitative data gathered from both local authority workers and partner agencies, in particular the nature and extent of their engagement with Roma, and the significant issues observed.

Principal Investigators and Co-investigators: Professor Philip Brown, Dr Lisa Scullion and Phil Martin.

Partners: Migration Yorkshire.

Funder: Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Report: Migrant Roma in the United Kingdom: Population size and experiences of local authorities and partners.