Roma Communities

The information on this page regarding data on Roma communities comes as a response to the need of the Albanian National strategy for the Improvement of the Roma community for accurate data on Roma children. A mapping survey has been conducted during April - November 2011 and has mapped all the 108 roma communities as presented at this particular point of time. For each Roma community information on the number of population, children, gender access to services has been detailed. Each community prototype does also provide information on the lack of services for each community. The information is made accessible on Google earth with coordinates for each Roma community.

Methodology of this study is based on several research, quantity, and quality techniques including: "A review of the existing literature's socioeconomic survey; Semi-open interviews with Roma; Focus group discussions; etc.
The research team of CESS consisted of researchers and interviewers with previous experience in the field of social sciences. Some of the interviewers were from the Roma community and communicated in Romani language with the family of the respondent. The research team realized 3,139 house to house surveys for Roma families in all their settlements. For a more thorough information, you may read the document (Word doc, 1 Mb). There's also a website for the work of UNICEF on Roma children in CEECIS region, you may visit too.

The survey consisted of 25 questions and provided quantity information on family location, size and structure, number of children and their age, civil registration, education level and information on access to social services (health centres, crèches, kindergartens, schools, economic assistance, unemployment and disabilities benefits, pension for elderly and orphans, food assistance etc.) and their distance from the community. The research team estimates that the margin of error does not exceed 15 percent of Roma families that were surveyed.

From 2011 to 2014 the number of Roma children attending kindergartens has increased by 74% or otherwise 282 more children are attending kindergartens across Albania. Data from the Roma households in 2011 showed that there were 383 Roma children attending kindergarten, compared to 665 children in 2014. This increase could well be attributed to the Programme “Every Roma Child in Kindergarten”, including child friendly policies and programmes supporting Roma integration in early childhood and basic education from the Ministry of Education and other social partners in Albania. Kindly check the latest report on Roma Children Access to Early Childhood Services (Word doc, 2.37 MB).

Click here to access a detailed information of each Roma Community in Albania Click here to see a visualization in chart graphics of the survey findings

Kindly download the KMZ file for the map of 2011 of the Roma communities.

Another map with the attendance of Roma children in kindergarten was created with 2014 data and is shown as a screenshot below. Please click here to download the KML file for the map of 2014. Please use Google Earth to view these maps*.

* You need to have Google Earth installed in your computer. Click here to download.

This page was last updated on 12 June 2015