Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • Israeli navy attacks Hamas base as tanks line up along Gaza border

    Read more

  • French court lifts mayor’s ban on Muslim hijab at beach

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament resumes session on key appointments

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces ‘executed prisoners in reprisal’ for ISIS killings

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

France

Roma in France get access to more jobs

©

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-10-15

Roma jobseekers in France who are Bulgarian or Romanian citizens have been given access to a wider number of jobs, including hairdressing, kitchen management and even banking, in a bid to make life easier for their marginalised communities.

France has increased the number of jobs that citizens of Romania and Bulgaria can do legally in France from 150 to 291, according to a directive published Monday.

The move is aimed at easing the plight of the country’s Roma, also known as Gypsies, who overwhelmingly come from the two eastern European countries and under current rules do not enjoy the same employment privileges as citizens from other EU countries.

Jobs that have been added to the list include car repairs, hairdressing, landscape gardening and kitchen management. Some positions in banking and finance are also open.

The employment restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens – a key condition for the two countries to join the EU – were due to expire at the end of 2013.

But French authorities have come under pressure to deal with the plight of Roma communities on French soil and halt the practice of deporting them back to their countries of origin.

Many in the French government, as well as Roma associations, have blamed employment restrictions for the suffering of Roma communities, many of which are blighted by almost total unemployment and live in squalid camps on the fringes of towns and cities.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement on Monday that the French government wanted to progressively ease the conditions by which Bulgarians and Romanians can integrate into French society.

“Access to employment is key,” he said. 

Date created : 2012-10-15

  • FRANCE

    Marseille residents force out Roma, burn their camp

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France steps up Roma evictions despite criticism

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    The Roma who live and beg on the streets of Paris

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)