Just over half of Traveller children make it to post-primary schooling, according to a detailed report on Travellers and Roma in the EU.
Legislation criminalising the entering on to public or private land together with limited housing options has disrupted Traveller children’s schooling, the report found.
The first comprehensive overview of the human rights situation of these peoples in all 47 member states of the Council of Europe shows discrimination against gypsies is widespread, with politicians, media, and extremist groups preaching hate and violence against them.
Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, said: “In many European countries, Roma and Travellers are still denied basic human rights and suffer blatant racism. They remain far behind others in education, employment, access to decent housing and health.