Posts tagged as Roma

Vilnius launches Roma integration programme – focus on reducing stigma, improving education

Monday, August 31, 2020

Vilnius Council on August 26 approved a new Roma integration programme for 2020–2023, according to a press release. Vilnius authorities have recently demolished a Roma settlement, taboras, on the outskirts of the city. According to Vytautas Mitalas, deputy mayor, Vilnius will now “focus on various integration [initiatives] with education being the centre of attention”. The taboras in Kirtimai, on the southern outskirts of Vilnius, used to be home to over…

The end of Vilnius’ Roma settlement: discrimination hampers relocation, drug trade remains

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Vilnius authorities are intent to finish dismantling the city’s Roma settlement – taboras – by June, promising to integrate the marginalised community and stamp out drug sale. So far, the effort has been a mixed success. The taboras in Kirtimai, on the southern outskirts of Vilnius, used to be home to over 500 people, the biggest Roma settlement in the Baltics. In 2016, however, the city announced plans to resettle…