Special Issue "Critical Perspectives on the Impacts of (Post) COVID-19 Pandemic on Roma"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 8796
Interests: Ciganos/Roma; immigration, diversity and urban space, poverty and social exclusion; local development and social housing policies
During 2020, the world was confronted with a global pandemic which had and continues to have an impact on all countries, not only in terms of people infected, the actual death toll, but also due to its repercussions in diverse areas of daily life, such as employment, access to foodstuffs, and basic social services) (Nicola et al. 2020). While we are still experiencing a situation that embodies a threat to each and every one of us, worldwide, there are strong asymmetries in the way that Covid-19 pandemic has affected different social groups and the way how people deal with and manage these impacts.
In the case of the Roma minority the scenario of social asymmetries was even more serious because racialization and ethnicization of them exacerbated and anti-Roma prejudices and attitudes were banalized (Matache and Bhabha 2020). Those Romani families, which already lived under precarious conditions before the pandemic, have experienced a further worsening of their disadvantaged position (Berta 2020; Korunovska and Jovanovic 2020; Mendes 2020).
In fact, for many Roma whose priority has been to secure the basic needs of their households, the historical and structural inequalities have been aggravated and the impacts of the pandemic have been multifaceted (FRA 2020).
This Special Issue presents a critical reflection and expands our knowledge of the main impacts of (post) Covid-19 pandemic on Roma, which are still relatively unknown, focusing especially on those Romani communities that live in difficult socio-economic situations. Indeed, we want to bring together studies with different perspectives to look at the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on various dimensions (access to basic services and human rights, especially medical care; access to digital tools and education; decent housing; economic activity; reduced income levels; the rise of racism and inequality etc. among Romani people in different countries). Already, we know that the pandemic has contributed to a greater gap in education, considering the fact that Romani children and young people were “disproportionately affected by substandard housing without access to the Internet or even electricity and lacking the necessary IT equipment” (FRA 2020, p.13).
This Special Issue seeks to understand the impacts of the (post) Covid-19 pandemic as experienced by the Roma in different European countries, both in terms of difficulties and also opportunities that opened up with the pandemic and what strategies have Romani people and their families activated to deal with the constraints to which they have been subjected.
Dr. Manuela Mendes
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- (post) Covid-19 pandemic
- social impacts