Last update:
2019-08-13

Roma exposed to dislocation due to road construction, Strumica, Macedonia

Already impoverished Roma settlement exposed to flooding when there is heavy rains. There is no garbage containers. Now, the Roma are exposed to dislocation due to road construction as well.


Description:

About 138 Roma families have been living in Strumica for more than 40 years. According to the community, they face a constant threat of being dislocated in order to build a new road in the area. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Roma exposed to dislocation due to road construction, Strumica, Macedonia
Country:Macedonia, FYR
State or province:Trakajna
Location of conflict:Strumica
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Specific commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:400-500
Start of the conflict:01/01/2001
Relevant government actors:Ministry of Transport and Communication and the municipality of Strumica.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:NGO Planetum
Address: 22 Dekemvri bb
2400 Strumica
E-mail: [email protected]
European Roma Right Centre
Telephone: 070/374-579
Web site: http://www.planetum.mk/index.html
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
Reaction stageLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of mobilization:Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Waste overflow, Air pollution, Other Environmental impacts
Health ImpactsVisible: Other environmental related diseases
Potential: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Violations of human rights
Outcome
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Migration/displacement
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Development of alternatives:The European Roma Rights Center is helping the Roma by sending a request to the municipality of Strumica to connect them to the city main sewerage.
One of the residents had a meeting with the mayor of Strumica, and was promised that they will be linked to the main sewerage [1].
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The problem has not been resolved. However, the European Roma Rights Centre - Brussels sent an official request to the municipality of Strumica requiring setting up the sewage system. So far, there is no response from the municipality of Strumica on the issues.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

ROMANI HOUSES DESTROYED TO MAKE WAY FOR A ROAD IN MACEDONIA
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[2] European Roma Right Centre: ROMANI HOUSES DESTROYED TO MAKE WAY FOR A ROAD IN MACEDONIA
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[1] Data based on fieldwork activities in the settlement 'Trakanja' undertaken by Mustafa Asanovski on 30.06.2019.

Other documents

Picture of the place 'Trakanja' There is no sewerage system so the water comes out in street.
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Picture of the place 'Trakanja' The garbage is not taken regularly, only twice per week.
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Picture of the place 'Trakanja' There is no sewerage system so the water comes out in the street.
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Contributor:Mustafa Asanovski. E-mail: [email protected]
Last update13/08/2019
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