Resistance in Times of Crisis:
How Austerity Generates New Strategies and Solidarities Against Roma Residential Segregation in Rome
Drawing on in-depth interviews with members and activists of associations and movements, as well as with institutional actors, the paper investigates how the economic crisis and austerity politics affect the strategies of pro-Roma NGOs and movements that fight for Roma access to housing in Rome. More precisely, it shows how post-crisis austerity does not only create obstacles to Roma mobilisation and inclusion, but can also become a new resource for action. The paper focuses on two strategies using the crisis as a frame and base for contesting the segregation of the Roma: the first is to highlight the costs of the policies of authorised settlements and evictions, and the second is to mobilise a new form of solidarity based on the housing crisis, mainly through the squatting movement.