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Romania: The population of Roma in Craiova; whether Roma in Craiova have a leader; whether they have municipal representatives on city council; whether a complaints department on city council exists and whether Romanian or international organizations assist Roma; the name of Craiova's mayor (2006 - May 2009)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board du Canada, Ottawa
Publication Date 8 May 2009
Citation / Document Symbol ROU103040.E
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The March 2008 report on Craiova by the Council of Europe (COE) and the European Commission (EC) states that in 2002, 8,820 Roma constituted 2.91 percent of Craiova's population of approximately 400,000 (2). The report states that "Several minority groups ... as well as around 10 percent Roma, are represented traditionally in Craiova, and have their own cultural associations of the minorities and representatives of the Local Council and the different departments of the Municipality" (COE/EC Mar. 2008, 3). However, the report also states that Roma in Craiova do not have representatives on city council (ibid., 6).

The mayor of Craiova is Antonie Solomon (Rompres 25 Oct. 2008; National Courrier 27 Apr. 2009).

Information on the name of a leader of Roma in Craiova, whether a complaints department exists on city council and whether Romanian or international organizations assist Roma could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Council of Europe (COE) and the European Commission (EC). March 2008. "Craiova, Romania." [Accessed 22 Dec. 2008]

National Courrier (Curierul National), [Bucharest]. 27 April 2009. "Ford Romania Starts Production in Second Year Half." [Accessed 5 May 2009]

Rompres. 25 October 2008. "President Traian Basescu Participates in Craiova Days." (Factiva)

Additional Sources Consulted

Oral source: ROMANI CRISS in Bucharest did not respond to a request for information within the time constraints of this Response.

Internet sites, including: Amnesty International (AI), Balkan Human Rights Web, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Divers News Bulletin on National Minorities, European Centre on Minority Issues, European Country of Origin Information Network (ecoi.net), European Network Against Racism, European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Freedom House, Hellenic Resources Network, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe, Minority Rights Group, Project on Ethnic Relations, Romanian Helsinki Committee, Roma Rights Network, ROM News Network, Transitions Online.

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