Romani people in Italy
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Total population
150,000 (ISTAT: 2015)
Regions with significant populations

Roma have been living in Italy since the 15th century.[1] The Sinti, who regard themselves as a subgroup distinct from the Roma, arrived from the north. Other Romani groups migrated from the Balkans and settled in Southern Italy and Central Italy.[2] From Bosnia and Kosovo, Muslim Roma the so called Xoraxane came to Italy at the time of the Balkan wars[3]


In 2015 in Italy there are at about 150,000 (70,000 Italian citizens) of Romani people origins. The three cities with most number of Romanis are: Rome, Milan and Naples.[4]

Life in Italy

According to a May 2008 poll, 68% of Italians wanted to see all of the country's approximately 150,000 Gypsies, many of whom were Italian citizens, expelled.[5] The survey, published as mobs in Naples burned down Gypsy camps that month, revealed that the majority also wanted all Gypsy camps in Italy to be demolished.[5]

A 2015 poll conducted by Pew Research found that 86% of Italians have unfavourable views of Romani people.[6]

In June 18 2018, Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini announced the government would conduct a census of Romani people in Italy for the purpose of deporting all who are not in the country legally.[7][8][9][10] However this measure was criticized as unconstitutional and was opposed by all the oppositions and also by some members of the M5S.[11]

Romanis in Italy

Further information: Category:Italian Romani people

See also


  1. ^ Illuzzi, Jennifer (2014). Gypsies in Germany and Italy, 1861-1914: Lives Outside the Law. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-13740-171-7.
  2. ^ Hooper, John (2015). The Italians. Penguin Books. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-525-42807-7.
  3. ^ Solimene, Marco (2011). "'These Romanians have ruined Italy'. Xoraxané Romá, Romanian Roma and Rome". Journal of Modern Italian Studies. 16 (5): 637–651. doi:10.1080/1354571X.2011.622471. S2CID 144058395 – via ResearchGate.
  4. ^ "Il Sole 24 ore". Comuni (in Italian). 29 September 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b 68% of Italians want Roma expelled - poll, The Guardian, Tom Kington, Rome, 17 May 2008
  6. ^ "Nine in ten Italians don't like Roma: survey". The Local Italy. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  7. ^ Povoledo, Elisabetta; Pianigiani, Gaia (19 June 2018). "Italian Minister Moves to Count and Expel Roma, Drawing Outrage". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Italy to Compile 'Register' of Roma People: Matteo Salvini". The Local. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  9. ^ Kington, Tom (18 June 2018). "Italian Populist Matteo Salvini Pledges Census of Gypsies". The Times. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. ^ Kirchgaessner, Stephanie (19 June 2018). "Far-right Italy minister vows 'action' to expel thousands of Roma" – via
  11. ^ "Salvini shock: "Censimento sui rom, quelli italiani purtroppo ce li dobbiamo tenere". Scontro nel governo, Di Maio: "Incostituzionale"". 18 June 2018.