Researchers Nail down Origin of Romani People

Researchers Nail down Origin of Romani People

A recent research has revealed that there is connection between Europe's largest minority group, the Romani, and northwest India. It has been found that despite 11 million Romani in Europe, there has not been much done to explore their history.

Dubbed as "gypsies" in the 16th century, the Romani were believed to have come from Egypt, said study researcher David Comas of the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain, who along with other team members examined the genetic history of much of Europe.

The team administered a technique which compares DNA segments from across the whole genome with other populations. "In our study, we do not focus on specific regions of the genome, but on the genome as a whole, which provides us the complete genetic information of the populations under study", said the lead author today (Dec. 6) in the journal Current Biology.

As soon as they migrated to Europe, they wandered across the continent from the Balkan region about 900 years ago. Apparently, Romani in communist nations were reported to be attacked for "assimilation", post World War II.

It is believed that there would be a lot more studied by the team to know about more Romani groups in the time to come.


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