Asked in Romani Language and Culture
What is the difference between a Romanian and a Roma gypsy?
February 18, 2008 10:42AM
Romanians are the descendants of the Dacians, a tribe that lived in the area when the Romans took it as the province of Dacia. Ethnic Roma (Gypsies) are descendants of Indo-Aryans that migrated west from the Indian subcontinent into Europe and the Middle East. Currently, it is estimated that anywhere from 500,000 to 2,000,000 Roma live in Romania. From the total population of Romania up to 2% is made of the Roma ethnic group.The Roma face intense discrimination throughout Europe.The Roma are a widely dispersed ethnic group that lives across the world not only near their historic heartland in Southern and Eastern Europe, but also in the American continent and the Middle East.