General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Merdin Bayryam
Total population: 
10 374
NSI 2017
Roma living in the Municipality: 
3 500
Description of the Municipality: 

Varbitsa is a town in eastern Bulgaria and is part of Shumen Province.
Most of Varbitsa's 3 500 Roma are located in two neighbourhoods: Troshka, where Horohane are living  and Musikantska, where Drandari (musicians) are living. The latter are more marginalised with part of the neighborhood houses built outside a regulated frame and without basic utilities.
School attendance is rather high, however, about 25% of Roma girls do not complete primary school and get married at the age of 16-17. 
More than 500 Roma community members migrated to Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands in the last 5 years.

The ROMACT Process

Varbitsa joined ROMACT programme in November 2018 with the signature of the Letter of Agreement.

Timeline Points

21 Nov 2018
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
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