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‘Roma evicted and pushed to the margins in Romania’ presents the experiences of people pushed out from their homes, out of their neighbourhoods and communities at the peripheries of their cities.
The video features interviews with Claudia, Dusia and Rodica.
Claudia Greta, now in her late twenties, lived in Coastei Street in the western Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca since she was nine until 2010, when the city authorities forcibly evicted the entire neighbourhood. The residents were relocated to Pata Rât, an area on the outskirts of the city, known for its landfill and former chemical waste dump. A number of families were not provided with any alternative housing at all.
Rodica was one of around 500 people who resisted eviction from Craica, a settlement in the north-western city of Baia Mare in 2012. The municipality forcibly evicted half of the settlement and demolished their homes, resettling them at the edge of the city into disused buildings belonging to a former metallurgical factory, CUPROM.
Dusia has been evicted already three times in the last 10 years. In August 2012, together with other 500 Roma, she was forcibly evicted from Muncii Street and relocated to Valeni 2, an isolated area at the outskirts of the city, in inadequate housing conditions.
A forced eviction is an eviction which is takes place when the affected community is not provided with legal protections, such as genuine consultation, adequate notice, compensation, or adequate alternative housing. Forced evictions are illegal under international law.