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The creation of new occupational patterns for cultural minorities: The Gypsy case (WORKALÓ), EUR 23160

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00101


This Final report summarises the results and major contributions obtained from the RTD project Workaló, the creation of new occupational patterns for cultural minorities: the Gypsy case, funded by the European Commission as part of the V Framework Programme. On the one hand, the Workaló project responds to the European Commission's interest to identify innovative strategies towards a major inclusion of the minority groups who suffer social exclusion. On the other hand, the Workaló project also responds to Romaní organisations' demands to carry out rigorous research that identifies avenues to contribute to overcoming social inequalities and discrimination.
Workaló starts out with the following hypothesis:
1. The Romà have developed a series of skills that coincide with many of those required in the professional labour market of the Knowledge Society.
2. However, there are barriers that prevent Romà to access the labour market in equal conditions.
These barriers reinforce the conditions of labour exclusion for the Romà. The Workaló project is aimed at pointing out the obstacles that prevent Romà from accessing employment. At the same time, this project aims to have social utility by pointing out the elements that boost Romà's labour inclusion. To this end, Workaló proposes measures based on the Romà's voices, who have collaborated throughout the development of the project.

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