Information on the Roma in the case of Austria

There is no reliable data available on the size of Roma in Austria. Still, according to estimates by the Council of Europe the number or Roma is believed to be between 20,000 and 50,000, while some estimations by representatives of non-governmental organisations go up to 150,000. All those estimates lack an empirical basis. There is little research and statistical data available about the situation of Roma in Austria.

In Austria, Roma are recognised as a national minority since 1993. This status is limited to the so-called autochthonous Roma and Sinti, which have been living in the country from the 15th century onwards (in particular Burgenland-Roma, Sinti, Lovara). Other Roma communities, who migrated to Austria since the 1960s, do not enjoy this status. Roma organisations agree in their estimation that the latter represent the vast majority of Roma in Austria today.

Key problems:

The policy on Roma integration in Austria evolved and was extended in the last years, as well as in efforts from federal authorities, as seen also in the number of acting
organisations and the availability of public funding dedicated to Roma integration. However, there is much more to be done to improve the situation of Roma in Austria
significantly. There is a strong focus on the field of employment in the strategy, while the other areas do have lower priority. More attention has to be dedicated to the efforts to improve the situation in the field of education.

Significantly, funding for the ethnic groups did not increase in the last 20 years. Mainstream funding programmes do not explicitly target Roma nor do they refer to the NRIS. Although some research was conducted, there is still a lack of knowledge and data on the situation of Roma in Austria.

Roma Civil Monitor Coordinators:

NGO coalition members:

RCM 1 (2017-2020) Austria Reports:

Roma Civil Monitor (2017) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategies in Austria: Focusing on structural and horizontal preconditions for successful implementation of the strategyENGLISH – GERMAN

Roma Civil Monitor (2018) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategy in Austria: Assessing the progress in four key policy areas of the strategy ENGLISH – GERMAN

Roma Civil Monitor (2020) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategy in Austria: Identifying blind spots in Roma inclusion policy  ENGLISH – GERMAN

Roma Civil Monitor 2017-2020 country fiche: Austria