The investigation found an extreme and widespread exclusion of Roma from all parts of the Swedish society. A situation which is unsustainable on a human and economic basis, it says. To counter this, the investigation suggests giving Sweden's discrimination Ombudsman the job of starting a campaign to make the Roma aware of their rights in society, there should be a young leaders' academy for young Roma, and the government should also start a Roma Culture Council, it says.
Maria Leissner claims that up to 80% of Roma are unemployed in Sweden today, with many Roma excluded from the education system, and not even getting basic high school qualifications. The cost to society, through benefits and lost tax income, is around 1.7 billion dollars annually.
Swedish equality minister, Nyamko Sabuni, who received the report on behalf of the government, says the government is aware of the Roma's situation and that more needs to be done.
"The situation for Roma in Sweden is unsustainable and we have started a programme to strengthen the rights of Sweden's national minorities", Sabuni told Swedish Radio news, "but we do have to do more to help the Roma, and I'm very happy to have received this investigation".
Together with her cabinet collegue, EU minister Birgitta Olsson, Sabuni sent a letter to the European Commission Friday, asking the commission to start a binding action plan for all EU member states, specifying how they should ensure Romas have access to the housing and employment markets. "I'm worried that some EU countries treat their Roma citizens so bad that they they have to leave and move to other countries in the EU", she said.