The Romanies And Gypsies

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The Romanies or more commonly known as Gypsies are an ethnic group which immigrated from the Indian subcontinent. They currently number around the 10 to 12 million range and have been seen living in Europe, Asia in addition to North and South America. In many instances, they are targets of hate crimes, discrimination, and even denied citizenship in countries they have been living in. At the time of communist rule, Romanies gained social and economic protection. However, as communism fell, the Romanies once again crumbled and went into a state of poverty. Through researching the Romanies, we learn of the hardships they went through and how strong they are. Even though they are all separated worldwide, they still share a bond stronger than people who immigrated without any problems. Romanies should gain political sovereignty and have a country of their own where they are free from discrimination and hate crimes. Romanies, translated to “person” from an Indic root, are an ethnic nation whose sense of nationalism stems from their ethnicity, connecting with their fellow Romanies deeper than the country that they reside. The Romanies have gone through different hardships compared to their fellow citizens; they regularly receive discrimination ultimately never being ‘one’ with their country. At the time of their immigration boom, 15th to 16th century, the Romanies learned various skills and many became employed. Locals became furious and began calling them thieves for ‘stealing’
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