26.8.2014, THE ROM IN THE AMERICAS – URUGUAY

26.8.2014, THE ROM IN THE AMERICAS – URUGUAY

JORGE BERNAL, NIAR ORFEJ HALITI, NIAR

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Jorge M. Fernandez Bernal

Orfej Haliti

URUGUAY

 

Uruguay, with a local population of approximately 3.000.000, doesn’t have a large Romani population. The local Rom, who are of Serbian and Greek origin make up some 2.000 or 5.000 individuals according to our sources. Most of them travel a lot, to Brazil and Argentina as well to other countries in the region where they also have relatives. In the city of Montevideo they inhabit a neighborhood called “Las Piedras”.Their way of living is similar to that of other Rom of the region, and many Uruguayan Romani families nowadays live in Argentina or Brazil. The local population has many prejudices and stereotypes -fed by the collective subconscious or the media- regarding the Rom.

BOLIVIA
Bolivia never had settled Rom living there, but many Rom families from everywhere used to cross the country in many opportunities in the past. We’ve lately heard of Peruvian or Venezuelan Romani families wishing to establish themselves in the city of La Paz.

PARAGUAY

There are no settled Rom in Paraguay nowadays; when Stroessner’s government forbade the Rom to enter the country, this was a hidden policy preventing those with Slavic last names and dark complexion from entering Paraguay. Gendarmes always found excuses to stop their entrance. Nevertheless, today many Brazilian and Argentinean Rom visit the country and do business there, the local population doesn’t seem to show so many prejudices against Rom.

Prepared by: Orfej Haliti

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