Turkish Roma from Bulgaria and their Migration to Poland

The Roma migrations also become part of the context of very debatable issues regarding the migration processes in European countries in the public, political and scientific space. Little is known about the specifics of Roma migrations; all Roma migrants are often perceived as the same community. The paper discusses the case of Roma migration from Bulgaria to Poland in the example of the so-called Turkish Roma or Muslim Roma. The paper considers their ethno-cultural characteristics as a community/group in the country of origin and the country of migration. The main issues addressed in historical and ethnographic context are: Who are the Turkish Roma in Bulgaria? Why and how did they migrate to Poland? How does migration affect their ethno-cultural development and identity? By answering these questions, conclusions are drawn on the future trends of Roma mobility and its consequences. The research is based on field material from Bulgaria and Poland collected by means of traditional ethnographic techniques (interlocutions, first-hand observations, ethnographic interview life-story approach).

Yelis Erolova Ahmedova

Research Associate at Balkan Ethnology Department - Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Science

  • Topic of the paper:New dimensions in Roma Mobility in CEE - a case study on Roma migrations from Bulgaria to Poland
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  • Email:kham@abv.bg