Romani people in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Muslim Roma in Bosnia (around 1900)
|8,864 (1991 census)
80,000 to 400,000 Unofficial estimations
|Romani, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian|
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There have been Romani people in Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than 600 years. According to the 1991 census, there were 8,864 Romani in Bosnia and Herzegovina or 0.2% of the population. Unofficial estimations counts 80,000 to 400,000 Romani are approximately 2 to 10% of the total population.
Rousseau, the French consul in Bosnia estimated in 1866 a number of 9,965 or 1.1% of the population. Johann Roskiewicz estimated in 1867 the number of the Gypsies in Bosnia at 9,000 (1.2%) and in Herzegovina at 2,500 (1.1%), resulting a sum of 11,500 Romani. The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica mentions 18,000 Romani in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1.6%).
Notable Bosnian Roma
- Dervo Sejdić, vice president of NGO Kali Sara Roma Information Center
- Čika Mišo, Bosnia's last shoeshiner
- Emra Tahirović, footballer