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Introduction

  • Jozefien Van Caeneghem
Chapter

Abstract

This chapter provides background and context. It explains why this book researches the legal feasibility of ethnic data collection and positive action for equality and anti-discrimination purposes in general, and their practical application in relation to the Roma minority in Europe. It reflects on the difficulties to define the notion Roma, the ambiguous and changing denomination of this minority over the years, and the lack of a uniform status of Roma across the European Union. Furthermore, it expands on the historical and present-day vulnerability of Roma and highlights how intersectional discrimination affects Roma in Europe. Due consideration is also given to the key role of cultural identity in the promotion of Roma inclusion. Lastly, this chapter introduces the two main topics of the book and provides insight in its the scope and structure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jozefien Van Caeneghem
    • 1
  1. 1.BrusselsBelgium

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