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The City Council of Vilnius approved a Roma integration plan which envisages breaking up the Roma settlement on the outskirts of the Lithuanian capital and resettling its residents in other parts of the town.
Vilnius endorses plans to break up Roma settlement
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The goals of the programme are eliminating drug dealing which is rampant in the Roma settlement, as well as helping Roma people integrate into the job market and their children into schools. A separate rehabilitation programme is intended for addicts who frequent the settlement in search of drugs.

Vice-Mayor Gintautas Paluckas has said the municipality wants to move 40 families and all 94 pre-school children out of the settlement within three years.

The Roma population of Lithuania is about 2,100. The Roma settlement in Vilnius, with about 400 residents, including 100 children, is the biggest in the Baltic states.

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