National Roma Integration Strategy (NRIS)

In 2011 the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies focussing on four key areas: education, employment, healthcare and housing. Each EU Member State, including the UK, has made a commitment towards promoting Roma inclusion and drawn up either a National Strategy for Roma Integration or a set of measures concerning the integration of their Roma populations. 

The UK’s National Roma Integration Strategy (NRIS) is not a strategy as such, but rather an integrated set of policy measures within the UK’s social inclusion policies.  The progress of the measures is the responsibility of the Ministerial Working Group (MWG), coordinated by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The MWG produced 28 commitments across education, employment, health, housing and anti-discrimination aiming to improve the integration of Gypsy and Travellers in the UK, which hardly mentioned Eastern European Roma.

The progress of the government’s commitments was last updated in 2014 and included local based actions, lacking the overarching coordination across the UK.

The latest European Commission’s assessment of the UK’s NRIS published in June 2016, concluded that the UK’s mainstream policies are not working for Roma, as little impact on improving their situation was demonstrated.

Leading Roma organisation in the UK, Roma Support Group, stated in their briefing note produced in July 2016 that more action is needed to pressure various government departments  to ‘draw their attention to these assessments’ and asked them for commitment to meet the objective of Roma integration. 

Previous EC’s assessments of the UK’s progress on NRIS

Civil society responses to UK’s NRIS

Other useful documents