|A Diaspora of 11 Million|
“The cultural explanation for Roma criminality is nonsense,” she said in an interview. “It is about economics.”
In Spain, which has some 750,000 Roma, nearly half under 25. Nearly all Roma children there finish primary school, according to the Fundació Secretariado Gitano, a Madrid-based foundation, though only a small minority finish high school. In 1978, three-quarters of Spain’s Roma lived in substandard housing; today just 12 percent do. Isidro Rodriguez, the foundation’s director, cited access to free education, health care and social housing following the anti-Roma repression of the Franco years.
Ms. Jaroka, who grew up in a poor community of Roma said “We Roma also need to learn to emancipate ourselves.”