Roma families live in a community near the Vardar River under the Kale Fortress in the municipality of Centar, Skopje (the country’s capital). They live in the Polygon settlement with no tenure to the land, in makeshift dwellings they have built out of available materials such as paper, wood, plastic bags, and cardboard. The living conditions in the settlement is poor. In particular, the only water source for the community is a single water pump located far away from the dwellings. The Ministry of Transport and Communication used to own the land on which the settlement is located. 
In November 2011, the Ministry privatized the land by selling it to Amadeus Group DOOEL, an Albanian company, which planned to build a Baroque-style hotel complex on the site. From time to time over the years, the authorities have come and removed the Romas' property and/or destroyed their homes, without offering them any alternative accommodation.
On 13 June 2016, the European Roma Rights Centre (the ERRC) wrote to the Municipality of Centar, and various other municipalities in Macedonia, on behalf of those Roma living in the municipality who did not have access to a safe supply of drinking water. Among other demands, the ERRC asked about what steps the municipality would take to ensure access to the water supply for Roma. The ERRC has so far received responses from various municipalities, but not yet from Centar .
The Roma living in the settlement have rebuilt their homes out of available materials. On 11 July 2016, the municipality of Centar made a decision to “clean” the settlement, in accordance with Article 27 of act no.111/2008 on public cleanliness. The Roma never received any formal notice that they would be evicted from their homes.
On the morning of 1 August 2016, the police, apparently acting on the orders of the Mayor of Skopje Koce Trajanovski, entered the settlement and destroyed the community's only water source. Later that day, bulldozers arrived and demolished the Roma’ homes, along with those of other individuals living in the settlement. 
As of 2019, 15 families have been offered accommodation in housing containers in the place called ‘Vizbegovo’, while up to seven families (50 individuals, children included) still remains to live in the ‘Polygon’ place. Roma who remained to live in the ‘Polygon’ has re-installed the water pump. They have connection to electricity from 6pm till 6 am, and there is an informal waste disposal site nearby. Children in particular are exposed to skin infections because of the waste and lack of water. (See less)