Survey shows unemployment, poverty on Western Balkans' Roma

An international report into the situation of the Roma people in the Western Balkans shows that up to 93 percent of Roma women are unemployed, with one-third of all Roma families there going to bed hungry.

Still, the survey by the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank, supported by the European Commission, showed some progress for the Roma, sometimes known as Gypsies, with more Roma children attending school than before 2011.

The study released Wednesday covers Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, all countries at different levels of integration with the European Union.

Its results will help Brussels assess Western Balkan countries' progress on Roma integration.