Migrant Roma in the United Kingdom and the need to estimate population size

Brown, P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5692-4865, Martin, Philip ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2888-4261 and Scullion, LC ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5766-3241 2014, 'Migrant Roma in the United Kingdom and the need to estimate population size' , People, Place and Policy Online, 8 (1) , pp. 19-33.

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Within the political framework of the European Union (EU), there has been long standing recognition that the on-going exclusion of Roma represents a key challenge for human rights, justice and social inclusion agendas. By introducing a requirement for Member States to produce National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS), the European Commission hopes that Member States will work in partnership with the EU and key stakeholders to achieve inclusion objectives in respect of housing, health, education and employment. The form and content of the United Kingdom’s (UK) NRIS submission has been criticised in a number of key areas; notably its ‘migrant blind’ approach (Craig, 2011; 2013). This article draws on recent research undertaken by the authors (Brown, Martin and Scullion, 2013), which aimed to estimate the size of the recently arrived Roma population in the UK and document some of the local level responses as a result of this migration. It provides an overview of the context giving rise to the research, and how previous population estimates have been attempted, both across the EU and in the UK. The paper considers whether conventional methodologies can be fit for purpose when attempting to assess the population size of a transnational and highly mobile ethnic group, or whether more experimental approaches might yield a fresh approach. More specifically, it examines the strengths and weaknesses of adopting a place typology approach (Lupton et al., 2011). Finally the paper looks at the publication of research about Roma populations in a highly politicised arena in the wake of ongoing national and international attention on Roma

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: People, Place and Policy Online
Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University : Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1753-8041
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Funders: Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT)
Depositing User: Professor Philip Brown
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2015 12:51
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:20
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34914

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