Romani people in Syria speak the Domari language. They immigrated to the territory of the present day Syria from South Asia, particularly from India, in Byzantine times. Romani (Dom or Nawar) people self-segregated themseves for centuries from the dominant culture of Syria, who view Romani as dishonorable though clever. Historically, Gypsies in Syria have provided musical entertainment as weddings and other celebrations. The majority of Syrian Romani encampments are found in rural areas.
The exonym "Nawar" could be used sometimes offensively, denoting a contemptible and immoral lifestyle associating them with beggars, itinerants, and thieves.