The roundtable was aimed at discussing returns and integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in host countries and in Kosovo. It was set against the backdrop of several recent developments, factors and trends with regard to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) returns. First, the Kosovo authorities were making efforts to come up with a strategy and programs at the municipal level. At the same time, bilateral and multilateral readmission agreements and protocols were signed, most notably one between UNMIK and Serbia. Finally, the international community has been increasingly focused on the Roma (e.g. EU Summit on the Roma in mid-September).

Project on Ethnic Relations

January 2009

The full report is available here.

See also: Statement of the Kosovo Roma Diaspora on the occasion of the „International Roundtable on Roma, Ashakli and Egyptians of Kosovo: Challenges and Prospects of Sustainable Integration”