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Faculty Sponsor

Robin Smith

Abstract

The European Roma, more commonly referred to as Gypsies, are a severely persecuted minority population, even to this day. They have been victims of xenophobia and structural violence for centuries. This has led to segregation in nearly all aspects of their life, from housing to medical care to employment to education; the latter is the focus of this paper. Roma children are often forced into segregated schools, or into special/remedial programs. This paper looks at issues that have led to such an educational dichotomy, and the negative impact they have had on the Roma. The paper also looks at the perpetuating cycle that these educational issues are feeding.

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