Information on the Roma in the case of Luxembourg

According to the Council of Europe, the number of Roma in Luxembourg is estimated to be about 300 (CoE, 2012). Most of the Roma living in Luxembourg came in as asylum seekers from the Balkans or the Eastern Europe, being registered based on their nationality and not their ethnicity. There were no Sinti, Travelers or Roma living there before the World War II, according to Luxembourg National Roma Contact Point (NRCP). There are no ethnically disaggregated data available and no self-declared Roma. Due to lack of data on Roma living in Luxembourg currently, is it unclear how many are Luxembourgish citizens, how many asylum seekers, or applicants for international protection. Currently, there is no Roma-focused, nor Roma-led NGO in Luxembourg.

Key problems

Luxembourg has a strong social control which has led to considerably diminished public expression of hate speech. There are many other forms of discrimination, which can go unnoticed because such cases are not reported. Small, marginalized communities, such as Roma, run the risk of being the subject of these forms of discrimination if the reporting tools are inaccessible due to lack of information or difficulties (language, technical skills, etc.) or if there is no support provided to pursue justice in court. There is a need for an easier and more effective path to denounce discrimination.

Roma Civil Monitor Coordinators:

RCM 1 (2017-2020) Luxembourg Reports:

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

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

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

Roma Civil Monitor 2017-2020 country fiche: Luxembourg