The Roma and European Union Citizenship: In Search of a Humane Answer from the EU
Nuno Ferreira and Dora Kostakopoulou (eds.), The Human Face of the European Union: Are EU Law and Policy Humane Enough?, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
29 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2015 Last revised: 8 Mar 2017
Date Written: June 30, 2015
How does European integration affect the Roma communities? What does EU citizenship mean for the Roma and how has their mobility been viewed by the European Union Member States? In this chapter, we focus on the issues affecting the lives of Roma EU citizens wishing to migrate within the EU, such as the existence of transitional periods, the overall securitisation trend in domestic migration policies, the restrictive and deficient transposition of the Citizenship Directive, and Roma cultural specificities in the context of EU free movement. Although there has been a renewed commitment since 2010 on the part of the European institutions to address the problems facing the Roma, a more coordinated and multi-stakeholder approach is needed in order to ensure the effective exercise of free movement and other rights associated with EU citizenship status.
Keywords: European Union, Roma, minorities, EU citizenship, expulsion, integration, free movement, derogations, participation, political
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