According to a recent survey, many Roma do not consider unemployment a problem. In a survey carried out by the Slovak Public Healthcare Office, 19 percent of Roma polled did not feel that unemployment was “a reason for concern.” Another five percent responded that they didn’t care if they had jobs or not. 2,014 Roma participated in the survey, the SITA wrote.
The assessment report concluded, "We consider the finding that one-quarter of respondents are not interested in employment a serious problem.”
According to the report, fifty percent of Roma receive unemployment benefits and eleven percent are on disability. Survey results indicate a link between Roma unemployment and education. Of those polled who are unemployed, 86 percent did not finish elementary school.
The survey shows that 13 percent write “very well,” fifty-one percent have “good” writing skills while 22 percent have problems with writing. Nine percent cannot write and five percent can only write their signature. Sixty-one percent read well while 39 percent have problems with reading.
23. Jul 2008 at 13:00