ABSTRACT

Housing is one of the main sectors addressed by the European Union (EU) Framework and, for this reason, part of the analyses conducted by EU institutions and policy recommendations concern the housing situation of Roma. The argument is largely constructed around two main divides which often go hand in hand: segregated vs. integrated housing and inadequate vs. adequate housing. The term “adequate housing” has been defined and used for the first time in international human rights law in protection to the Right to Housing and from there it has been adopted as a widespread normative concept and policy goal. Covered by the veil of apparent objectivity and rationality, the understanding of housing adequacy and the consequent use of its standards support a model that reproduces the oppression of subaltern groups, such as Roma, through classifications that justify their exclusion from decision-making and knowledge production.