Information on Sinti and Roma in Germany

It is estimated that there are around 170,000-300,000 Sinti and Roma in Germany, constituting around 0.2-0.4% of the population. No ethnic data collection is allowed in Germany. Information on the disadvantaged position of Sinti and Roma is provided by organisations and those working with them.

Key problems

According to Sinti and Roma organisations, the disadvantaged situation that many Sinti and Roma face in the education, employment, housing, and health sectors is rooted in antigypsyism. There is an urgent need to counter widespread antigypsyism which hampers their equal treatment and participation in society.

The problem with the approach of the German government is there are no structural and institutional conditions that would guarantee that disadvantaged Sinti and Roma have equal access to inclusion programmes because racism against Roma and Sinti is not recognised as a structural and institutional problem. Disadvantaged Sinti and Roma face discrimination hampering them to exercise their civil and social rights.

RCM2 (2021-2025) coordinator in Germany:

RCM2 (2021-2025) coalition members:

RCM1 (2017-2020) reports on Germany:

Roma Civil Monitor (2018) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategies in Germany: Focusing on structural and horizontal preconditions for successful implementation of the strategy. (ENGLISH – GERMAN)

Roma Civil Monitor (2019) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategy in Germany: 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 Germany: Identifying blind spots in Roma inclusion policy. (ENGLISH – GERMAN)

RCM1 (2017-2020) Country Fiche: Germany