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Status of substandard Roma settlements in Serbia

Date and Time: 28th September 2024 at 9 am – 12 pm

List of speakers

  1. Christin Auclair, WUC, UN Habitat
  2. Darinka Golubovic Matic, Professor, University Union – Nikola Tesla  – Coordinator
  3. Žaklina Gligorijević, PhD Architecture and Urban Planning, Senior Urban Consultant, Kontura Belgrade  – Challenges of the International support to improvement of living conditions of Roma
  4. Igor Miscevic, Regional Planner, Senior Urban Consultant – Legal status and land cadaster as obstacles for legalization and construction of Roma housing
  5. Brankica Jeremic, Poltical Sciences, Senior Social Consultant – National and Local efforts in Integration of Roma
  6. Boris Žerajev, MSc of Architecture, Senior Urban Consultant
  7. Pietro Elisei, Dr.-Ing. Town and regional planner, senior researcher and policymaker, URBASOFIA, Bucharesh, Romania – Status of substandard Roma settlements in Romania

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The legal status of entire settlements, cadastral plots, houses, and their populations poses a significant challenge, particularly for informal Roma settlements in Serbia. These areas often lack formal recognition by local authorities, hindering residents’ access to financial support, permits for housing reconstruction, and essential services. Forced evictions of Roma settlements, carried out without consultation or adequate compensation, have drawn criticism from human rights organizations. However, efforts to improve living conditions face obstacles such as administrative procedures and economic crises exacerbated by the global pandemic. Addressing these challenges requires a comprehensive approach, tackling immediate needs while addressing underlying issues of discrimination and social exclusion. Bringing global attention to the issue is crucial, as the decades-long problem of informal Roma settlements in Serbia warrants resolution.


The aim of „The World Thinkers Campus 9.0 – Housing Matters,“ titled “Status of substandard Roma settlements in Serbia,” is to provide tangible and transparent insights into how they will impact Serbian cities and communities, facilitating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda.