Roma Organisation for Training and Advocacy


Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT)

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) is a term used to describe people from a range of ethnicities who are believed to face similar challenges. These groups are distinct, but are often reported together. The term Gypsy, Roma and Traveller has been used to describe a range of ethnic groups or people with nomadic ways of life who are not from a specific ethnicity. In the UK, it is common in data collections to differentiate between: Gypsies (including English Gypsies, Scottish Gypsies or Travellers, Welsh Gypsies and other Romany people) Irish Travellers (who have specific Irish roots)

Roma, understood to be more recent migrants from Central and Eastern Europe The term Traveller can also encompass groups that travel. This includes, but is not limited to, New Travellers, Boaters, Bargees and Showpeople. (See the House of Commons Committee report on Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.)

The Roma are an ethnic group who have lived in Europe since their migration from India over 1,000 years ago. Roma cultural heritage includes a rich oral tradition, art forms such as flamenco, an emphasis on family, and Romanës, the Roma language. Roma identity is often portrayed stereotypically as that of the exotic or outsider “gypsy” (a label considered by many to be derogatory), but the reality is much more complex and varied.

12 million people

Today Roma Are The Largest—Around 12 Million People—And Most Disadvantaged Ethnic Minority In Europe.

  • Today Roma Are The Largest—Around 12 Million People—And Most Disadvantaged Ethnic Minority In Europe. In 2003, A United Nations Report Provided, For The First Time, Robust Statistical Evidence On The Extent Of The Challenges Faced By Roma, Including Illiteracy, Infant Mortality, Unemployment And Segregation In Education. Hunger And Malnutrition, Squalid Housing Without Plumbing Or Sanitation, Substandard Health Care, And Other Factors Mean Roma Have The Shortest Life Expectancy In Europe.


A project to improve GRT democratic participation and representation

Our Mission is to improve the Roma participation to the all aspects of the public life

Anytime & Anywhere

ROTA – Roma Organisation for Training and Advocacy is a Roma-led community organisation based in London. ROTA have been established by a handful of Roma individuals with a vast experience in human rights activism and providing services in Roma communities.

For centuries Roma have been the victims of discrimination, abuse and ignorance – in one word Antigypsyism.

Roma voice matters!

We have been the subject of different policies led by different regimes, no matter which those policies were, Slavery, Holocaust, relocations, forced assimilation or so-called social inclusion, we have never been fully involved in any decision. This is the reason of nowadays failure of the public policies meant to improve the situation of the Gypsies , Roma and Travellers in UK.

Today, the Antigypsyism is expressed through ignorance and pseudo-participation/representation. ROTA wants to change this situation and to empower the Roma communities for a better participation and representation, hence our mantra: “NOTHING ABOUT ROMA, WITHOUT ROMA!” 

GRT population is the most discriminated group in UK and Antigypsyism is the most tolerated hate crime of all. The GRT access to public services is the lowest due to the systemic discrimination we are facing. In the same time the GRT attitude against the public institutions is of rejection because of the “already historic” tensioned relation, which lasts since hundreds of years.In London there are about 350.000 GRT, representing 4% of London’s popuation, figure that could go to up to 7% of the London’s population.

 The Home Office statistics₁ show that up to 30th of June 2022 there were 6.7 millions EUSS applications in UK of which 2,266,190 are only from London. With the most reserved prognosis, at least 10% (there are people who estimate that 25-30%) are of Roma ethnic origin. At least 227,000 Roma are living in London. If we consider that there are Roma who have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain before launching of the EUSS and those who already have the British Citisenship, the number of Roma living in London can easily reach 250.000 individuals. There are 30,000₂ Gypsies and Travellers living in travellers’ sites in London. Only 30% of Gypsy and Traveller population still live in travellers’ sites, the other are living a conventional housing facilities, how are called “bricks and mortar”. The number of Gypsies and Travellers living in London, reaches at least 100.000 people.