Roma in Slovakia: chances of dying from COVID-19 two times higher

Roma people in Slovakia are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 when compared to the rest of the population. [Shutterstock / Gonzalo Bell]

Roma people in Slovakia are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 when compared to the rest of the population, a new study conducted by the finance ministry’s value for money department has found.

The economic situation of people in marginalised Roma communities has worsened, though the COVID-19 crisis did not affect them as drastically as the 2008 financial crisis, according to the study

However, the pandemic also negatively impacted their integration into the job market, further exacerbated by the low vaccination rate within the community. Residents of marginalised Roma communities are more sensitive to job losses and falling income than the majority.

At the same time, poor households lost support previously guaranteed by the state, such as subsidised lunches for children in school. Pupils and students from Roma communities also faced higher levels of stress.

The study advises the government to target the vaccination campaign towards these communities and strengthen financial support programmes.

(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)

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