Social exclusion is a social problem that manifests itself in many different areas and makes it difficult for some groups to participate in the society they live in. For ages, some groups of society have been excluded from the society in which they live and prevented from realizing and socializing themselves. Undoubtedly, the Romani people experience this social problem occurring differently in each society. Until the late 20th century, permanent policies could not be produced against the disadvantaged situation and exclusion of the Romani people from society. After this date, both local and international activities against the disadvantaged condition and exclusion of the Romani from social life began to produce solutions to their problems. This study aims to measure the relation of socio-demographic characteristics of the Romani people among disadvantaged groups in society with perceptions of social exclusion and to provide policy recommendations for increasing their participation in social life. The research was conducted using a quantitative research method and employed the survey technique. According to the research findings, the Romani were most often excluded because of their ethnic identity, educational status and poverty, and their exclusion was related to their life satisfaction. The perception of exclusion does not differ significantly by gender. In contrast, mothers have a higher level of perception about the exclusion than fathers due to the exclusion the children experience at school. There is a significant relationship between the economic situation and their place of residence and their perception of social exclusion.
Romani People, Social Inclusion, Social Exclusion, Disadvantaged Groups