The Cycle of Life of the Roma (Gypsies) in Eastern Slovakia, 2005 & 2006

Most Roma of the eastern Slovakia live segregated from the white population. They live in settlements, like ghettos mostly located outskirt of villages and towns. They live in old crumbling housing units, or in huts built out of tree branches and adobe.

Unemployment amongst the gypsy residents, who are generally less qualified, have no education, and are constantly discriminated against, is 100%. They survive on social welfare, which amounts to less than one U.S. dollar a day per person.

There is a little hope for improvement. It's like a vicious circle: discrimination means no job, no job means no money, and no money means poverty. Poverty leads to frustration, frustration heads to alcoholism and drugs.

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