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Roma migration in the EU: the case of Spain between ‘new’ and ‘old’ minorities


  • Tina Magazzini

    () (Human Rights Institute, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain and School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom)

  • Stefano Piemontese

    () (Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Hungary and Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)


The 2004 and 2007 EU Eastern enlargements facilitated the mobility of citizens from CEE countries, including European citizens of Roma ethnicity, which in turn contributed to the Europeanization of the ‘Roma issue’. This article examines the politics of Roma ethnicity by giving a synthetic, yet we hope comprehensive, overview of how recent Roma migrations from EU Member States (particularly from Romania) to the Spanish state can be understood and analysed in relation to both pre-existing policies for the Spanish Gitano communities and to wider European dynamics and structures.

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  • Tina Magazzini & Stefano Piemontese, 2016. "Roma migration in the EU: the case of Spain between ‘new’ and ‘old’ minorities," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 13(2), pages 228-241, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:13:y:2016:i:2:p:228-241

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