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Working with marginalized groups: towards more holistic strategies for social exclusion reduction of the Roma community in Kosovo

Albina Balidemaj (RIT Kosovo Research Center for Human Rights, Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo in Prishtina, Kosovo)

Safer Communities

ISSN: 1757-8043

Article publication date: 26 January 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify the successful strategies, through literature review, to be used in Kosovo to help integrate the Roma community and to reduce the community’s overall social exclusion. This paper further examines the gaps between strategies and implementation results in reducing the social exclusion of the Roma through experiences of other European countries with similar political and socio-economic history as Kosovo.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses a literature review and further examines the experiences of other European countries, with similar political and socio-economic history as Kosovo and their strategies in eliminating the social exclusion for Roma communities. A holistic socio-ecological approach is used as a recommended model to be used for the development of a strategy to reduce social exclusion among Roma Communities in Kosovo.

Findings

The social and economic implications are extremely negative for countries with large Roma minorities, such as Western Balkan countries and the European Union (EU) as a whole. Roma inclusion policies both in the EU and Western Balkans contain considerable flaws and tend to ignore the variables of discrimination and antigypsyism. There is an obvious need to act more urgently to prevent the exclusion of Roma and to create strategies for better inclusion. Overall, gaps seem to remain between the strategies and implementation results.

Practical implications

This paper aims to add to the existing literature about the ongoing efforts of the international development assistance community and communities in the developing world. This paper also aims to show the gaps in ongoing efforts and provide generic recommendations that may be applicable in many diverse situations with the aim of leading communities toward a self-sufficient sustainable future.

Originality/value

The Kosovo anti-discrimination law protects all individuals from discrimination; however, in practice, studies show that the Roma exclusion is very high in Kosovo. This paper stands among the first to analyze comparative literature and policy reviews.

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Citation

Balidemaj, A. (2021), "Working with marginalized groups: towards more holistic strategies for social exclusion reduction of the Roma community in Kosovo", Safer Communities, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 85-100. https://doi.org/10.1108/SC-06-2020-0021

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