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Microfinance and Roma empowerment in the EU: a mission impossible?

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Within the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU promotes positive actions to improve the situation of Roma population, particularly women. Despite the success of some measures, no impact in terms of employment has yet been achieved on the ground as described by the 2014 assessment report (Steps forward in implementing National Roma Integration Strategies ). At the same time, the low employment rate of Roma population is a serious social problem which affects not only the economic growth but also their integration.

This research explores if the practices of microfinance can improve the employment status and, empowerment of Roma, particularly, women.

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