The Roma in Moldova: ECMI Report 69 is now online!

The ECMI Report #69 is authored by Dr. Raul Carstocea and Dr. Andreea Carstocea and focuses on Roma communities in Moldova.

What is the state of Roma representation in Moldova? Are there cases of discrimination and violent attacks? What are the issues surrounding health care, education, housing, employment and access to social benefits for Roma communities living in Moldova? The last official results regarding the members of the Roma community living in the Republic of Moldova are those of the 2004 census, where 12,271 persons declared a Roma ethnic background. The recently released ECMI Report #69 written by ECMI Senior Researchers Dr. Raul Carstocea and Dr. Andreea Carstocea discusses the situation of Roma in Moldova and presents available statistical data as well as relevant policies.


All international and domestic reports indicate that the Roma in Moldova are faced with very serious challenges with respect to their equal access to rights and basic services, particularly in the spheres of education, employment and housing. Stigma and stereotypes are widespread in society, driving discriminatory attitudes and practices towards them. The existing legislation, although fairly comprehensive, suffers from lack of adequate implementation and as such fails to address the many issues facing the Roma community.

There is extremely limited academic research concerning the Roma community in Moldova. As such, the data summarized in this report has mainly been obtained from governmental and non-governmental sources, with a large contribution from data provided by international organizations.

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