Research Institute on Population and Social Policies


ROMUNICATE - Integration, in addition to clichés

Through a dual field intervention activity (Frontal Learning and Mutual learning), the project intends to implement an action aimed at determining a change in the relationships between Roma and the institutional context of services (public and third sector) in Rome Capital marked by respect for human rights. The European Commission has been pushing for years for non-segregative and ghettoizing Roma integrative solutions (such as camps) as they violate the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000 / C 364/01).

170 people are expected to participate in the project activities, including operators, officials and managers of Roma Capitale and the 15 municipalities, NGO operators and 50 Roma camped in informal settlements.

The expected results in terms of impact on policies and programs are:

  1. The strengthening of the anti-discrimination objectives and skills of operators and Roma, both against the prejudices of the “gagé” (non-Roma), and against the self-exclusion often imposed by the Roma culture;
  2. The progressive application of standardized reception procedures for Roma and other disadvantaged categories throughout the territory of Roma Capitale;
  3. The creation of practical tools for workers in the sector in order to facilitate and improve their work with the Roma population (manual, online repository, learning object, videos, documents in Italian, Romani and Romanian, recommendations for the improvement of communication and relationship between Roma and institutions).

The main purpose of the project is to encourage and support a convergence between the Roma who use the services and the operators who work at the Department of Social Policies, Subsidiarity and Health of Roma Capitale (DPSSS), in the Social Secretariats of the 15 Municipalities of Roma Capitale. and in the Associations belonging to the UNAR and CESV network (Lazio Volunteer Service Center).

The final objectives aim to produce a standardized model for welcoming Roma and other disadvantaged groups in public offices, which is respectful of anti-discrimination legislation, efficient and transparent, and to support Roma in an informed and fair approach to public services they need.

Co-financing: European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers (Euro 291.168,56)

Program: Right, Equality and Citizenship (2014-2020)

Axis 3: Action to support national and transnational project on non-discrimination and Roma integration

Business Type: Training and Cooperation of relevant professionals

Duration: 20 months (31 October 2016 - 30 June 2018)

  • Research Institute on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council (lead partner)
  • Department of Social Policies, Subsidiarity and Health of Roma Capitale
  • ARES 2.0 srl
  • POPÌCA Onlus
  • Dante Sabatino (Researcher), Ivonne Citarella (Administrative staff), Alfredo Franco (Technical staff), Francesco Iannone (Technical staff), Eleonora Di Maggio (External unit collaborating for frontal and mutual learning activities).