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Inward Looking: The Impact of Migration on Romanipe from the Romani Perspective

Alexander Marinov, Martin Kowats

This study deals with the impact of migration on the Roma people. On a macro level it seeks to address Romani cultural practices, customs and beliefs in relation to recent migration of the Roma in Europe. On a micro level it seeks to discover if Romani migration has a perceived impact on the Roma customs and cultural practices and, if so, how. Moreover, it seeks to explore the neglected socio-cultural aspects of migration of the Roma people. There is a variety of available literature and research considering and touching on the legal aspects of Romani migration in Europe, Canada, or North America as that has been guaranteed by international, supra-national and regional institutions such as the OSCE, the EU, and the Council of Europe. The purpose of this study, however, is to explore the impact of Romani migration on their culture, perception, customs, and traditions. Furthermore, it seeks to explore this phenomenon from the perspective of the Roma people themselves, i.e. how Roma migration is perceived among origin Romani communities, thus giving voice to one of the most marginalised groups in Europe. Some authors talk about Romani peoples and not a unified and homogeneous group as it is oiften perceived by majorities. Liegeois sees the social organisation of the Roma as "political" and others convey that assembly is based on common interest (Liegeois 2007: 58, Gropper and Miller 2001). Therefore, it is informative to consider what the common interests of all these groups are so that these could inform decisions and respective policies on national and supra-national levels. Others scholars convey that because of the specific characteristics of the Romani communities EU policies ought to be specifically tailored and it is crucial for the inclusion and active co-operation of experts and Romani representatives.

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