The International Observatory on Statelessness


At least 430,000 and as many as 2.5 million Roma are in Romania. The lower figure is the government statistic; the high end is the estimate of non-governmental organizations. Roma often are not counted in the census because they fear the discrimination that public recognition often brings. Like in other states, Roma are marginalized and the number of those that are stateless is unknown. Only 50 percent of children under age 10 regularly attend school, and children in orphanages are disproportionately Roma.