Romskt informations- och kunskapscenter - RIKC

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The Roma Information and Knowledge Center (RIKC) coordinates issues regarding the national minority of Roma in Malmö municipality. The aim of RIKC is to, in accordance with the Swedish legislation on minorities, increase participation and influence of the Roma community in society. The center is a permanent part of the Malmö municipality.

There are five national minorities with five minority languages in Sweden:

  • Jews and Yiddish
  • Roma and Romani (all varieties)
  • Sami people and Sami
  • Swedish Finns and Finnish
  • Tornedalians and Meänkieli

These groups have lived in Sweden for a long time and are thus a part of the Swedish cultural legacy. The minority policy aims to strengthen the national minorities and provide the required support in order to keep the languages vivid. The Malmö model is a concretization of the center's work at different levels. The model is important for establishing trust, credibility, stability and continuity, as well as ensuring that anti-discriminatory practice is carried out on both an individual and structural level.

  • A municipal information and knowledge centre which work to increase Roma involvement and influence in society.
  • The model involves an internal development of skills in which theory meets practice to develop communicable methods.
  • Educating civil servants in Malmö municipality and employees within other organisations and municipalities.
  • Individual support through a citizens office and through support in meetings with authorities.
  • Roma employees work as extra resource people within municipal units such as schools, social service offices and labour offices as well as governmental agencies for instance Försäkringskassan, Swedish Public Employment Service and Swedish Migrations Agency.
  • The center serves as a platform from which strategic and operative work is organized.
  • The center has a holistic and multidisciplinary approach.

Citizens office and support

Our citizen office is open Monday-Friday 08.30-17.00 and individuals and families can get help in polish romani and lovari, but the community couselors can also understand other varieties of romanes and other languages. We offer support with information and guidance regarding contact with authorities, filling in forms, translating letters, start an assosciation etc. Roma employees also work as extra resource people at schools and social services offices. Welcome to drop-in or call if you want to book a meeting!

Knowledge and education

RIKC offers different forms of cooperation and lectures to increase the knowledge about the national minority legislation, Roma-Swedish history and the living conditions of the Roma people today. These can take form as conferences, seminars or educations opportunities. For example, RIKC cooperates with the police authority, region south, regarding a mutual action plan. RIKC also highlights days of remembrance and celebration, for example the International Roma day and the Holocaust Remembrance Day. Through its work, the centre builds a knowledge bank for the work with minority rights. If you are interested in cooperation or lectures regarding the national minority of Roma, feel free to contact us!

Action plan

Action plan for the Roma national minority in Malmö aims to increase the involvement and influence of the Roma population in Malmö in accordance with Swedish legislation on minorities and to ensure that the City of Malmö's administrations have the relevant expertise to strengthen the Roma minority's ability to participate on an equal footing with other inhabitants.

Advisory Council for the national minority of Roma in Malmö municipality

Malmö Municipality’s Advisory Council for the Roma minority is primarily a consultation, information and referral body, regarding specifically general planning questions which affect the Roma minority’s living conditions within the city of Malmö. The council consists of both Roma representatives and politicians from Malmö municipality. The Advisory Council is linked to the municipal government and is coordinated by RIKC.

A strategy to implement national minority rights

RIKC aims to increase the opportunities for cooperation and create a network in order to form and coordinate activities of different organizations based on the principle of equality of all people. In order to deepen the involvement of the Roma people in society, the RIKC has created a platform.

National and international legislation and policies are a part of the foundation of which RIKC’s work derives from.

Inclusion and empowerment

Participation and influence from the Roma minority is a key factor in the work of RIKC. Visitors at the center are seen as our primary resource and experts on the Roma rights issues. The center aims to empower the Roma people to provide their own answers and solutions to their problems. This is one of the ways in which we aim to increase the Roma people’s involvement in society; by acknowledging Roma people as important, experienced and knowledgeable.

Read RIKC's annual reports

Contact us!

For general inquiries, please send an e-mail to rikc@malmo.se.

You find us at Norrtäljegatan 6 in Malmö.

Mujo Halilovic
Head of unit
mujo.halilovic@malmo.se
040-346012
0709-692186
Diana Bogelund
Community counselor
diana.bogelund@malmo.se
040-346022
0738-526030
Renata Andersen
Community counselor
renata.andersen@malmo.se
040-346029
0708-480335
Robert Vävström
Community counselor
robert.vavstrom@malmo.se
040-346023
0766-324976
Marian Wydow
Secretary
marian.wydow@malmo.se
040-346011
0705-106928
Julia Sällström
Planning secretary
julia.sallstrom@malmo.se
040-341000
0709-719757
Olga Friberg Jonsson
Planning secretary
olga.fribergjonsson@malmo.se
0721-55 75 21