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Nordic Russian and Eastern European Studies Conference
Intentions, Interactions and Paradoxes in Post-Socialist Space
24-25 May 2013 in Helsinki, Finland

Abstracts

Roma women and families on the move in the EU/EEA Europe
Chair: Aino Saarinen (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Discussant: Heini Puurunen (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Anca Enache (Helsinki Deaconess Institute / University of Helsinki, Finland): The Deaconess Institute on the move: meetings with Roma women in Helsinki
Airi Markkanen (University of Eastern Finland / University of Helsinki, Finland): Meetings with Roma women in Helsinki and Romania
Raluca Roman (St. Andrews University, UK): The Perceptions and Reactions of Finnish Roma to the Migrant Roma Communities in Helsinki
Cristina Rat (Babes Bolyain University Cluj-Napoca, Romania): Roma women and children - losers in view of the new family policies in Romania
Ada Ingrid Engebrigtsen (NOVA - Norwegian Institute for Social Research, Norway): Roma women beggars - strangers "ante portas". Paper available upon request.

The panel will discuss the everyday life and culture of travelling Roma women and, on ther other hand, policies directed toward them at various levels: the EU/EEA, countries (the Nordics) and cities of arrival in the "New Europe" in the context of  "the freedom of movement" and the "EU citizenship". Moreover, it will evaluate effect of the "Eastern enlagement" by focusing on the situations and policies in the countries of origin (Romania, Bulgaria).