National strategy for Roma integration
France’s programmes aim to give the Roma and Travellers access to mainstream measures (common law).
Council of Europe estimates: approximately 400,000 Roma live in France (0.21% of the population).
National Roma Integration Strategy/set of measures
France’s National Roma Integration Strategy is not a strategy as such, but rather an integrated set of policy measures within France’s social inclusion policies. In defining policies focused on the gradual elimination of poverty and social exclusion among marginalised Roma and Travellers' communities, in particular in the areas of education, employment, health and housing, France recognises the importance of developing measures designed to give them access to common law policies.
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 coordinate its development and implementation. In France, it is the Délégation Interministérielle à l'Hébergement et à l'Accès au Logement (DIHAL), which is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister.
France’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.
- The European Union and the Roma – Factsheet France
The project Andatu
The multi-partner project Andatu in Lyon launched in autumn 2011 has mobilised local, civil, national as well as EU funding in an approach combining training, access to employment and housing. French language courses, adapted to job requirements for those obtaining employment, are offered to the participants who sign an agreement with the implementing association and the state. The programme also finances short professional training courses and provides individualised support for integration to the labour market.
The European Social Fund supported the launch of the programme with €350,000. Andatu is co-financed by the French government, the Greater Lyon and the Fondation Abbé Pierre, with assistance from the Rhône Department and local municipalities. Currently reaching 73 beneficiaries, the project could be extended to 400 participants for a total budget of €1.2 million.