Social Exclusion of the Roma in Slovakia and their Position on the Labor Market

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 14.11.2006, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Michal Vasecka (Masaryk University)


The paper analyses mechanisms of social exclusion, and describes the situation of poor, segregated Roma communities from the viewpoint of these mechanisms. The proposed paper considers the implications of the social exclusion of the Roma, and proposes several inclusion strategies. Author analyses processes how the economic situation of the Roma family worsened sharply after the changes in 1989, processes that were marked by growing unemployment and increasing dependence on welfare. The paper analyzes also the position of the Roma on the Slovak labor market, and evaluates their chances of finding a job on the secondary and informal labor markets. It also analyzes the activities of the government and the National Labor Office to reduce Roma unemployment. Author describes causes of Roma unemployment from a reduction in jobs requiring low qualifications, through the unsuitable system of educating Roma children and youth, up to the indifference of many Roma parents to the level of education acquired by their children.

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