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National strategy for Roma integration

Denmark’s policy on the Roma is based on "equal treatment"  and aims to ensure that the Roma and Travellers have access to all mainstream services.

Council of Europe estimates: approximately 5,500 Roma live in Denmark (0.1% of the population).
For data on the situation on Roma in this country, please see the overview published by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.

National Roma Integration Strategy/set of measures

Denmark’s National Roma Integration Strategy is not a strategy as such, but rather an integrated set of policy measures within Denmark’s social inclusion policies. In defining policies focused on the gradual elimination of poverty and social exclusion among marginalised Roma communities, in particular in the areas of education, employment, health and housing, Denmark recognises the importance of developing local action plans corresponding and reflecting the needs of individual communities.

Denmark’s set of measures stresses the importance of regular dialogue with major stakeholders concerned with Roma integration, and the involvement of municipal and local authorities. Roma inclusion is handled through integrated policy measures for all groups with a minority ethnic background.

National Roma contact point

Each Member State was invited to appoint a National Contact Point for the National Roma Integration Strategy with the authority to co-ordinate its development and implementation. In the case of Denmark it is the Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs, Department for Law and International Affairs.

Assessment of Denmark’s strategy implementation

In Spring 2014, the Commission adopted its assessment on the progress made in the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies in the four key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing, as well as in the fight against discrimination and the use of funding.

Promising practices

Education: The project 'Hold On Tight Caravan', administrated by the Ministry of Education, is focused on getting more youngsters from ethnic minorities to begin and complete a Vocational Education and Training programme. The initiative is managed in schools by coordinators who ensure an individual approach to each young person at risk of school failure or drop out. The project is implemented across Denmark. Since it started in 2009, overall school and training drop-out rates have fallen from 20% to fewer than 15%, while the gap with ethnic Danish students has narrowed. The ESF contribution for the 'Hold On Tight Caravan' has been €3,214,000 during 2009-2013.

Project 'Hold On Tight Caravan'

The project "Hold On Tight Caravan", administered by the Ministry of Education, is focused on getting more youngsters from ethnic minorities to begin and complete a Vocational Education and Training programme. The initiative is managed on the ground, in schools, by employees who ensure a co-ordinated approach to each young person at risk. The project is implemented across Denmark with the strategic objective of developing shared models and tools to reduce early-school leaving and improve the job prospects of these young people. Since it started in 2009, overall school and training drop-out rates have fallen from 20% to under 15%, while the gap with ethnic Danish students has narrowed. The ESF contribution for the 'Hold On Tight Caravan' was €3.2 million during the period 2009-2013.