Roma in the Republic of Macedonia
Macedonian Roma children (around 1900)
|53,879 (2002 census)
80,000 to 260,000 Unofficial estimations
|Romani (Balkan Romani) and Macedonian|
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The Roma constitute an ethnic group in the Republic of Macedonia. According to the last census from 2002, there were 53,879 persons counted as Roma, or 2.66% of the population. Another 3,843 persons have been counted as "Egyptians" (0.2%). Altogether, 2.85% Roma and Egyptians have been registered in Macedonia.
Municipality Šuto Orizari is the only municipality in the world with a Roma majority and the only municipality where Roma is official language. Due to the demographics, both Romani and Macedonian are official in Šuto Orizari, the municipality being officially bilingual. The mayor of the municipality, Elvis Bajram, is an ethnic Rom.
In 2009, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia took measures to enlarge inclusion of Roma in the education process.
The Republic of Macedonia is the region's leader in respecting the rights of the Roma people. It is the first country in the region with a minister of Roma ethnicity and also has a lot of Roma's in high government positions. However, there has still a lot to be done in the spheres of education and integration of the Roma.
- Government of the Republic of Macedonia
- "Romani language in Macedonia in the Third Millennium: Progress and Problems", Victor Friedman.
- "The Romani Language in the Republic of Macedonia: Status, Usage and Sociolinguistic Perspectives, Victor Friedman.