The Roma are faced with high unemployment, which is the source of development delays and consequently poverty and social exclusion. The most common barrier to the employment of the Roma are still present prejudices of employers, an even worse problem, however, is the educational level of the Roma community and the associated lower professional qualifications.

Description of the situation

Among the basic questions of a comprehensive integration of the Roma is the issue of their employment which is not only considered a necessary condition for providing elementary existential opportunities, but is also regarded as one of the basic conditions for improving their integral socio-economic situation.

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In the past years, the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs conducted numerous programmes in the field of labour market and employment. These were aimed at the target population of the unemployed Roma (National Programme of Measures for Roma of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for the period 2010-2015, p. 18):

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