Arrival of Roma in Europe?

There are no relieable accounts of the Asian and early European history of the Roma, but only hints, the interpretation of which, to a large extent, is still a topic of scholarly discussion. Perhaps we will never know for sure why, how, or even when the Roma settled in Europe for the first time. In this regard, the period from 1200 to 1500 brings about important changes: from the 14th century onwards, at the latest, the contemporary evidence states without doubt that the people and groups mentioned were definitely Roma. It is generally agreed that the Roma had already been living in the European parts of the Byzantine Empire before the 13th century. However, it remains unclear, when exactly the first Roma moved northwards from their settlements in Greece. Similarly, we do not know why and in what numbers they left the Byzantine Empire. Most probably, single groups had been moving north from the mid-14th century onwards. At first, the documents do not necessarily point to Roma, and could be read as evidence of other groups of people. From 1385 onwards, however, we have reliable evidence of the Roma in Wallachia, in today’s Romania. From that time on, the Roma are mentioned more and more frequently; these documents show how groups of Roma explored the European mainland. Already in 1435, the Roma were well-known in most European cities. [Ill. 1] Knowledge of the newly arrived people did not increase in the same way as the number of accounts about them. There are mentions of letters of safe conduct by emperors, kings, and the pope, and about pilgrim legends, which were to assure a friendly reception in the late Middle Ages, strongly shaped by Christianity. Services like fortune telling and palmistry or dishonest skills like pickpocketing are also mentioned – the settled Europeans saw only what they were meant to see. Or what they wanted to see: Many of the earliest sources accuse the Roma of immorality and godlessness, or of espionage for the Turks, and, in general, paint a picture of a “treacherous” and “disloyal” people, however, without any evidence. The earliest European accounts thus shape a clear picture of the Roma; it is, however, a distorted picture, a caricature, which still shapes the non-Roma’s picture of the Roma until today



Public call for financial support for primary and secondary school students

Public call for financial support for primary and secondary school students whose families have a total monthly income of net salary up to MKD 50,000. Financial support in the amount of 1,800 denars for students from secondary education, ie 1,200 for students in primary education.

All students from primary and secondary education who meet the following conditions are invited:

  1. To be citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia;
  2. To be regular students in primary or secondary education;
  3. To be students whose families have a total monthly income of net salary up to MKD 50,000.

Students should register at the school in which they are enrolled.

Registration deadline from December 18 to 24, 2023.

The results of the competition for scholarships for Roma students have been published

All scholarship recipients should download, print and complete two copies of the contract no later than the end of this week.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) announced the results of the competition for awarding scholarships to full-time Roma students enrolled in first-cycle studies at public and private higher education institutions in the country for the academic year 2023/2024.

According to the results, 122 students meet the conditions for receiving a scholarship, while a total of 135 scholarships were provided in the competition.

All scholarship recipients should download, print and fill in two copies of the contract and deliver it to the address of the Ministry of Education and Culture - ul. "St. Cyril and Methodius" no. 54, 1000, Skopje, no later than Sunday, December 17.

The results can be found at this link, while contracts to be signed by students can be downloaded from here.

The amount of scholarships for Roma students is MKD 6,000 (about 100 euros) per month for nine months during one academic year.



At the Faculty of Philology in Skopje, the Network for Systematic and Permanent Solutions marked the International Day of the Roma Language on November 5 with an academic class "Promotion of the Roma Language and Literature"

Today at the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski" in Skopje, in preparation for the International Day of the Romani Language, RDICM and the Network for Systemic and Permanent Solutions of the Roma Community in the Republic of Macedonia, supported by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, marked this significant day.

After singing the Macedonian and Roma anthems and showing a small documentary about the Roma language, Agim Nuhiu gave his welcoming speech. Deputy Min. in MES. Ljatifa Shikovska MP in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, the Dean of the Faculty of Philology prof. Vladimir Martinovski as well as network coordinator Zoran Dimov.

During the academic class led by Daniel Petrovski, M.Sc., M.Sc. Sevdia D. Abdulova and special lecturer Dr. Sumi Yusuke from Japan.

They talked about how to find the best way to formalize and open a department of Romani language at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje and to promote the Romani language and literature." After the lecture, a discussion was opened on these topics.

At the end of the event, ten plaques were awarded to individuals and institutions that made an effort to give their full contribution to the promotion and advancement of the Romani language. The organizer also made an effort to have an exhibition performance through visual banners, the content of which is the history of the meaning of the Romani language, which will remain in the hall until next week so that UKIM students can get to know the Romani language and literature better.

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Од 5 Ноември 2022 достапен документарниот филм на СП БТР „Небо, Точак, Земја„ на Max TV и Max TV GO со пребарување –Видеотека


6-to Romano Čhavorikanoo muzikakoro festivali 
„Čhavorikano Suno 2022“ – SP BTR

6-ти Ромски Детски музички фестивал
„Детски Сон 2022„ – СП БТР

6th Romani Children's Music Festival
"Children's Dream 2022" - SP BTR

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