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New survey pinpoints Roma population

A NEW survey puts the Roma population in Slovakia at 320,000 - far more than census numbers but less than recent estimates.

The new survey, carried out by a group of sociologists hired by the office of the cabinet's plenipotentiary for Roma communities, indicates that 320,000 Roma live in Slovakia in 1,575 settlements.

The survey contrasts sharply with the most recent national census, in which 89,000 Roma are identified. Population experts had estimated that the Roma population in Slovakia was somewhere around 500,000.

The survey does not include Roma who have not registered a permanent stay in the country. Experts estimate that tens of thousands of Roma are migrating between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, according to the Pravda daily.

The sociologists, having visited all of the settlements, identified 150 of them as segregated. They found that 46 have substandard infrastructure, including the absence of sewers, roads, and access to fuel and drinking water. Of these, 12 did not have electricity.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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