Roma in Romania-2007
Romania's recent entry into the European Union has not given rise to much optimism among the country's poorest Roma people. In the middle of modern Europe, they live under miserable and primitive conditions, cut off from society and trapped in a vicious spiral of discrimination and poverty. Romania has more Roma people -- 2,5 million -- than any other country in Europe. Almost 70 percent of them live on less than 4.3 US dollars a day, which is the United Nations' poverty line for rich countries. Insufficient education, child labour, alcoholism and many other social problems make it almost impossible for Roma children to break the negative pattern and achieve social mobility.