The perception of Roma is guided by myths and misconceptions.
Being a Roma and being a migrant commonly means for the wider public
being a nomad and an irregular migrant. This is how Roma migrants
The report deconstructs these prejudices by describing the
reality: in Europe, less than 20% of Roma are nomadic; Roma have
been part of European society for over seven hundred years and most
Roma have the citizenship of their country of residence; the large
majority of Roma who migrate have the right to do so.
The report deals with the reality faced by Roma migrants.
They have to face a double discrimination, first for being Roma,
then for being migrants. It focuses on several issues of concern
to the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, such
as the recent expulsion policies in Council of Europe member States, the
number of stateless Roma across Europe and the discrimination of
Roma migrants in access to education, health care, employment and
The committee concludes by proposing specific recommendations
to be addressed to the Committee of Ministers to tackle these issues.