From segregated schools to the segregated labour market: Hungary under and beyond COVID

The paper aims to outline the life-long effects of segregation in education. The first part analyses the Hungarian Constitutional Court's decisions related to inter-school segregation. The second part reviews the result of a case study regarding Roma people working in public work scheme in Hungary. It analyses the legal framework of public work in Hungary then introduces the empirical research on the public employment of Roma people. The study relies on a range of Hungarian and international academic and policy sources in tandem with purposedly designed interviews. The third part elaborates how COVID-19 affected the educational and labour market perspectives of Roma, considering that even before the pandemic the at-risk-of-poverty rate for Roma was almost five times higher than for non-Roma and two-thirds of Roma suffer from severe material deprivation.