- Nov 2012
I think in general, many have, mostly, integrated. It is not like every gypsy in the Soviet Union was nomadic. They were not. They lived in apartments, they spoke Russian, they were Orthodox. That they preferred not to work at factories but tell fortune and sing in their theater was not that dumb. I am thinking about it - integration - and think that for Soviet gypsies, it is 70/30. Partially the lack of full integration depended on the Russians who attributed gypsies with mystical power to foresee the future. I once went to a gypsy fortune-teller and it was all [email protected]@p, sorry, if I were darker-looking I could make a better job of fortune-telling and palmistry, but people went to that woman and paid a lot for that nonsense. So, why toil at a communist factory when you can earn more money on people's superstitions?These migrants you mentioned are most certainly of Romanian nationality / they have Romanian passport, but they are do not belong to Romanian ethnic group, because they are Romani, less political correct word for them gypsies. One can find different representatives of this ethnic group all over European continent and because of their way of life it is impossible to integrate them in the society, for example commies in the good ole days tried hard to do that, but even they failed.