The present situation of the Rromani people

Rromani Language Course

The situation of all the Rroma living around Europe is similar in many aspects, but there are some particularities that make their situations quite different, depending on the countries in which they live. Below we make a revision of the common characteristics and also of those that make the communities different between them, as well as of their current living conditions.  

Offences of Human rightsNowadays, many  European Rroma have to face terrible situations, since their rights are abused and they are also deprived of their freedom. Many are stateless, refugees, political asylum seekers and repatriated because of the recent Balkan wars and the events that happened after the fall of the regimes of Eastern Europe

The international negotiations to solve the situation caused by the disappearance of Yugoslavia have been done without the participation of the Rromani ethnic minority that in habit these territories. The European Council has been able to verify on the spot that not even humanitarian aid was equal for the Rroma who needed help compared to the rest of the population.

Even today, The Rromani people  are trying to gain a voice in the United Nations, under the title of "Gypsy."Sadly, anti-Rromani attitudes can still be seen today. Today there are approximately five million Gypsies in the world, with an estimated 22,000 living in North America, mostly in the United States. Gypsies also make up a large percentage of the population in many East Central European nations, but they still face many prejudices.

As late as 1989, atrocities against Gypsies were reported. These reports of increased discrimination against and persecution of the Gypsies ( Rromani people) were noted following the collapse of Communist rule in Russia. Many of these tragic prejudices can be combated through education. Recently, this effort is being undertaken by a variety of organizations focused on Gypsy rights. Fortunately, they have gained acknowledgment during several major conferences and have been included in United Nations human rights documentation. Hopefully, the Rromani people  will escape further persecution through knowledge and understanding of their culture and sad history.

Denial of the right of asylum- At the same time, there are many Rroma of Central and of Eastern Europe that must flee from their countries because of the rising wave of racism and violent assaults that put their lives in danger, so that they are forced to ask for political asylum or refugee status in the States of the European Union.

In most of these cases, border authorities of the European Union do not allow these people to enter their territory.   Also they condemnthe repatriation agreements signed between the member states of the European Union and States of Central and Eastern Europe, since refugees are treated as goods. 

 Soon after the arrival of the first group of Rroma to Europe an attitude of rejection emerged towards these strange people whose precedence was little known about, who wore striking clothes and spoke an incomprehensible language.

The red travelers were different from any others known by the European natives, they were rejected and feared by the white people that were living in the towns and cities where the Rromani caravans were arriving. As a response to this feeling of rejection, the governments began to create restrictive and racist policies.  

Elez Bislim
Lumijakhere Rroma