COVID-19 Pandemic, Roma Ashkalia and Egyptian Situational Report for Kosovo

The vast majority of Kosovo Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian communities in Kosovo lives in extreme poverty faces social exclusion and has a very limited access to basic services in both local and central level institutions. With the spread of COVID-19 the minority communities such as Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian’s find themselves living in margins of the society depending now more than ever on Kosovo’s social system.

As a Civil Society Organization Roma Versitas Kosovo’s (RVK) main goal is to promote higher education amongst the members of these three communities in Kosovo region, as such RVK has a large network of students throughout Kosovo who provide information on the current situation of their communities on daily basis.

The goal of this report is to present the current situation of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities in Kosovo and contains specific overview and recommendations for actions to be taken in the future due to the spread of COVID-19.

In the scope of the project “Community Rights and Youth Awareness for Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian communities in Kosovo” supported by the US Embassy in Pristina we have continued to advocate especially during this pandemic, to monitor the human rights violations in Kosovo.

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