The Roma have been part of Europe for over six centuries 1. Their social, economic, and political contributions are often neglected. Roma tend to lack familiarity and, confidence in the use of the services and legal tools for the protection of their human rights2. This thesis focuses on the access to health services by the Roma population living in France, with a case study of Roma women living in a camp located in the suburbs of Ile-de-France. While assessing their hindrances to obtain access to health care services, a combination of the social determinants of health, prejudice, and institutional racism predispose their position. The findings show that institutional racism is prevalent within health care services, contrary to the Roma perception. This stems from the aggravated levels of discrimination in their country of origin. On a policy basis, it is essential to implement concrete political and legal actions against the institutional racism that targets Europe’s largest and most neglected minority. Substantive Roma communities need to participate in the design, implementation, and monitoring of public policies that affect them. Effective and democratic Roma leadership is vital to this process3.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European Studies, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Access to healthcare services, Institutional racism, Prejudice, Roma, Social determinants of health|
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