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Bulgaria: Conditions for Access to Housing in the Roma Ghetto of Vidin

Author: Rumyan Russinov

August 15, 2018

In late 2017, NGO Organization Drom team launched a survey using similar survey instruments that have been used by the European Commission, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, World Bank, and United Nations to assess the conditions for access to housing in the Roma Ghetto of Vidin, which is home to about 8,000 people. It encompassed 120 households in the Roma Ghetto of Vidin. Face-to-face interviews were taken by four experienced interviewers, hired by NGO Organization Drom, using a random sample method. Тhe survey instrument includes indicators that reflect the priority areas of the EU framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020: employment and poverty, education, housing, health, discrimination and rights. The survey also included the factors laid out in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, referred to in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which enshrines the individual’s “right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services”. Based on the Vidin Roma Household Survey, the report, issued by NGO Organization Drom, presents general information about the survey; then, it analyzes survey results; and finally, it offers conclusions and policy recommendations that are relevant to national and local authorities.

The report can be found below: