Roma children and their access to services
The existing barriers to accessing these services due to lifestyle, traditions, and customs of the Roma population
This survey reflects the manner in which ethnic Roma are able to enjoy available services in their communities and the existing barriers to accessing these services due to lifestyle, traditions, and customs of the Roma population. Special attention was paid to the challenges facing children and their families in accessing education services. This survey was conducted in three localities populated by ethnic Roma: Vulcăneşti (95.6% Roma), Otaci (54% Roma), and Soroca (5.4% Roma). Each surveyed district has a different administrative status (Vulcăneşti – rural village included in the Ciorești commune; Otaci – city in Ocnița rayon; Soroca – rayon centre), and thus infrastructure for the available community services differs as well. The survey results reflect the opinions of Roma and non-Roma persons from the surveyed localities.
The research undertaken was participatory, with community members – represented by community teams comprised of both Roma leaders and other community actors.