01 Sep 2019
Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) people are distinct ethnic groups yet they rarely receive the same recognition as other BAME communities, notwithstanding data that shows they experience multiple inequalities in society. Compared to the general population, GRT people, including children, are more likely to suffer mental and physical ill-health and substance misuse issues. They are at greater risk of infant mortality, maternal mortality, and suicide. At school, they are more likely to face bullying or exclusion, and less likely to attain qualifications. They encounter discrimination throughout their lives and, more often than not, their experiences of authority are negative ones.