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Roma “Gypsy” Women

Linguistic evidence suggests that the Roma people are of northern Indian origin and migrated between 800 C.E. and 950 C.E. toward Europe, where they settled after 1100 C.E. In the European Union (EU), the umbrella term Roma refers to people who describe themselves or are perceived as Roma, Gypsies, Travellers, Manouches, Ashkali, and Sinti, as well as other groups. The term has slowly replaced the other one, “Gypsy,” which was perceived as an exonym having a negative connotation.

Roma people are the largest ethnic minority in the European Union (EU) and it is estimated that there are possibly over 10 million Roma in Europe. Many Roma people live also in non-EU countries of the Balkan area (e.g. Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Fyrom, and ...

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