My name is Brigitta Balogh and I am currently a second-year law student at the University of South Wales.I am on a work experience placement with the Wales Migration Partnership and the Travelling Ahead Project until September 2014.
My task is to carry out a situational analysis/mapping exercise on the access to rights and entitlements for Roma children and young people in the South Wales area, examining the international, European, national and devolved policy context as it applies to this group of children. I am also examining possibilities for children and young people’s views to contribute to the exercise though linking in with a group of young people who meet as part of a local youth forum.
This piece of work will feed into Travelling Ahead’s ongoing advocacy work to influence policy and service delivery which we will undertake alongside the Wales Migration Partnership to ensure that all Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children can access their rights in Wales. My work will also support the development in Wales of the EU Roma Social Inclusion Framework by analysing the current situation in Wales.
I made a speech on this subject at a seminar sponsored by Julie Morgan AM at the National Assembly for Wales on Roma Inclusion in March 2014. You can read my full speech HERE.