Exploring the unknown aspects of Roma community in Cyprus and the role of social work practice

Christos Panayiotopoulos, Agamemnonas Zachariades

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The status quo of Roma communities in Europe is strongly marked by marginalisation and discrimination. Roma people tend to face social exclusion and segregation leading to lack of education, chronic unemployment and limited access to healthcare, housing and public services as well as widespread poverty. Very few studies have been conducted as far as Roma community in Cyprus are concerned and almost none has explored quality of life of this ethnic minority. Therefore, this article examines quality of life dimensions in approximately half of the population (n = 156) residing in the catchment area. Both quantitative and qualitative results showed poor standards of living, high school dropout rates and high levels of marginalisation. Social work as discipline can foster a more empowering and coordinating role as to enhance Roma’s distinctive identity and improve standards of living.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-583
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017


  • marginalisation
  • quality of life
  • Roma
  • socio-economic conditions


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