Ethnic minorities across Europe are often under-represented in policymaking processes. Most minority groups are perceived as passive agents with little or no influence. The lack of comprehensive ethnic integration further legitimizes public discrimination and leads to expanding socio-cultural cleavages. Overall, the European Union inclusion policy has led to a higher representation of minority views in recent years, but there is still misinformation and disagreement within political institutions. This paper offers four suggestions for policy improvement, namely increasing communication capacity, raising awareness through education, empowering interest groups and ensuring a framework to fight antigypsyism.
Lessons for Practice
Keywords: roma policy, minority representation, European Union, EU Roma Strategic Framework
Citation: Kakol, M. (2021). How To Enhance The Political Representation Of Marginalized Groups Through The European Union's Policy: Four Policy Suggestions for Improving the Roma Strategic Framework. Public Note, URS
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