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Ethnic Minorities, Identity Negotiation


Fri 28. 8.  14:00 - 15:30
room FA 601

Success Factors of Youth with Double Minority Status in Romania


Pásztor, Rita
Partium Christian University, Romania

Romania is one of the poorest countries in the EU and faces considerable challenges in manage growing poverty and social disparities, especially when vulnerable groups such as children and youth are considered. One in two children and youth in Romania are living at risk of poverty, which impacts on all segments throughout their life. Social exclusion, on the other hand, significantly damages their socio-economic, psychological and physical status. Moreover, poverty and social exclusion produce a vicious circle, out of which children and youth can hardly escape. In this paper we present characteristics of a selection of Y and Z generation representatives who can be considered successful despite their condition. We aim at revealing the key factors of the success, as well as dimensions such as the identity and values, of youth with double minority status, using qualitative research methods. The target group consists in Hungarian Roma youth living in Bihor County , in Romania, who come from socially deprived family backgrounds. The results supports the hypothesis that success is only possible when the family and the school sustain these young people. Also, the research outlines the characteristics of the successful type of these youngsters, as well as the self-sustain schemes that lead to success.