Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

Roma in Hungary

Kornélia Magyar

Deutsche Fassung


At least 700,000 Roma live in Hungary. Their situation is precarious. Most live in abject poverty and encounter discrimination and isolation. Hostility towards Roma is deeply rooted in the Hungarian majority population. Model projects show that it is possible to break the vicious circle of poverty, lack of education, and unemployment. The framework for the integration of the Roma adopted during the Hungary’s presidency of the European Union gives rise to hope that, finally, steps to improve the situation of Roma will follow the rhetoric.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 265–272)