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Gov't efforts fall short of solution for Romani seclusion, says study

Major inequalities in Hungary's public education system are the reason behind Romani segregation in schools, a study published by the Public Foundation for European Comparative Minority Research seen by MTI on Wednesday suggests.

The study titled "Being Romani in Hungary" shows that the government's efforts to reduce segregation in schools between 2002 and 2005 have largely been unsuccessful. Hungary has "one of the most backward public education systems in terms of equal opportunities in the OECD," one of the study's researchers János Zolnay told MTI citing international comparative statistics.

Ethnic segregation is a symptom, which cannot be dealt with in itself, Zolnay said, adding that the reasons behind Romani disadvantages were quite complex ranging from poverty to bad labor market position. Zolnay cited national statistics which showed that the employment rate of Romani men stagnated at 28% from 1993 to 2003. "The government simply cannot find ways to change this extreme seclusion [of Romani] from the labor market," Zolnay said. (