Portugal continues to violate the right to decent housing for the gipsy community residing in the country

By TPN/Lusa, In News · 02 Apr 2021, 18:00 · 4 Comments
Portugal continues to violate the right to decent housing for the gipsy community residing in the country

The decision from The European Committee of Social Rights of the Council concerns a complaint filed in 2010 and the reasoning states that “precarious housing conditions persist for a large part of the Roma community”, in addition to “the fact that the Government has not demonstrated that it has taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Roma community lives in houses that meet minimum criteria ”.

The European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe concluded that Portugal continues to violate the right to decent housing for the gipsy community residing in the countryreveals a report by the organization.

The decision concerns a complaint filed in 2010 and the reasoning states that “precarious housing conditions persist for a large part of the Roma community”, in addition to “the fact that the Government has not demonstrated that it has taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Roma community lives in houses that meet minimum criteria ”.

Even though it recognizes some measures taken by the country to improve the conditions in which the gipsy community lives, namely through the National Strategy for the Integration of Gypsy Communities, and housing programs such as the 1st Right, invoked by Portugal in response to the complaint, the European Committee argues that the problem persists.

The exact number of gipsy people in Portugal is unknown and is based on estimates, which point to a population between 24 thousand and 40 thousand people, but that the European committee refutes, considering that estimates between 45 thousand and 50 thousand people are “more realistic” numbers, as they include the “invisible”, meaning, the families that are not referenced and those that do not have a fixed residence.

“The number of foreign gipsies in Portugal is unknown since no official information is collected on this issue”, the Council of Europe organization also says.

Regarding the habitability conditions among the gipsy community, the report also points out about 37 percent of the Portuguese gipsies are living in slums or camps, which can be found in 70 municipalities.

Children are usually all enrolled in the same school, which creates a situation of “gipsy schools” and housing is often overcrowded since relocation policies do not take family expansion into account.

Because of this, the European committee, recognizing the efforts made by the Portuguese authorities, argues that Portugal is in a situation of non-compliance, that improvements are needed and that “there are still obstacles” related to the lack of reliable quantitative and qualitative data.

It also identified “recurrent failures” by States to guarantee access to labour rights on equal terms, pointing out problems of discrimination in access to employment, gender inequalities in wages and the failure to prevent situations of forced labour or labour exploitation.


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Comments:

This is the type of "equality" EU is promoting these days. People who take responsibility for their lives and respect the rights of others are given restrictions and being blamed for not providing adequate rights to those who willfully choose a lifestyle of not respecting neither rights of others or their own responsibilities.

By K. Lehto from Other on 17-04-2021 04:33

My apologies but it don't demonstrate a full truth about gypsy's communities and rights.
I know where was given theme new apartments with all the conditions, and most of them vandalise it straight away because they are who they are.
Was reported by neighbours they throw through the windows sinks, toilets and other appliances.
So let's go to the bottom of the issue; is fair they receive nem apartments, receive more than €1000 on benefits and elderly people who worked all life and paid their taxes just earn an miserable €350?
No one put them aside, is them who do it.
If they want equal rights, then they need to start to changing how they think and behave.
Should be like in a few country's, you don't work and pay your tax, you are not eligible to receive benefits. You need more money, go work like honest people do in all world.

By Miguel from Lisbon on 04-04-2021 03:51

Sorry but this isn't True, gypsies have a scheme that even after they get great free houses (basically free) they still manage to put one part of the family living in tents so they can get more houses. They have more rights and benefits than me with childrens and working full time.

By I. Sanches from Lisbon on 04-04-2021 02:16

Portugal is a racist country, many many racist peoples, but not only to gypsys, but to all foreigners!
First, Portuguese women are forbiden by family pressures to stay away from foreigners! It’s like racist Apartheid, and Portugal is full of jealous, envious leftist communists who are racist against all foreigners! In Uk there are 500,000 Portuguese claiming our benefits, social security and medical health care, in Portugal theres just 27000 Uk people! 99% who invested big money in portugal, and brought jobs and opportunity’s to Portuguese peoples, yet if we go to hospital we get racially abused, and turned away! No service or bad service, and looks and feelings of hate! Portugal is bad place, only the sunshine is here, but nothing else! Portuguese gov has let thousands of foreiengers starve and die during covid 19
they gave no support! Nothing! Portugal is a Marxist communist hell hole, of racists and liars!

By FU from Lisbon on 03-04-2021 11:23
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