Romani people

Number of Arrests for Illegal Migration in Bulgaria in the 1st Half of 2017 - 80% Lower Compared to the Same Period in 2016

The number of arrests for illegal migration in Bulgaria in the first half of 2017 was 80 per cent lower than in the first six months of 2016, going by Interior Ministry figures, quoted by the Independent Balkan News Agency. 

Since the beginning of 2017, a total of 1461 people were arrested for illegal migration by June 30. By the end of June 2016, the number had added up to 7134.

Serbian Tour Company Scraps 'Gypsy Tour' After Racism Row

Belgrade-based tourist company CitySoul has cancelled its planned "Gypsy Tour" of the Serbian capital, which was to include driving to Roma neighbourhoods, seeing how people live there and "optional talking to a Gypsy", after the tour was accused of racism.

"Unique in our city - Roma safari! Optionally you can talk to them, for 11,200 dinars [93 euros]" read one Twitter comment.

Goran Bregovic | Thessaloniki & Athens | July 12 & 14

Bosnian musician Goran Bregovic - famed internationally for his Emir Kusturica film scores - and his Wedding & Funeral Band, accompanied by Epirote clarinetist Petroloukas Halkias, will take concertgoers on a musical journey through the Balkans at the Lazariston Monastery in Thessalniki on July 12 and the Melina Mercouri Open-Air Theater in Athens's Vyronas neighborhood on July 14.

Gadjo Dilo | Athens | July 6 & 27

Don't miss out an upbeat performance by local swing and gypsy jazz act Gadjo Dilo, who will be sharing Gazarte's Roof Stage with veteran singer-songwriter Vangelis Germanos. Germanos will perform some of his hit songs with a twist of indie and swing.

The event starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost 8 euros.

Romania Arrests Target Child-Trafficking Crime Gang

Romanian prosecutors have uncovered an organised criminal group suspected of training more than 70 Roma children and sending them to France to steal from offices, pick pockets and beg on the streets of Paris.

Prosecutors said in a statement that on Monday they searched 25 homes in several Romanian cities and brought in 120 people for questioning in connection with the case.

Minister takes part in painting over anti-Roma graffiti

Aleksandar Vulin, representatives of the Roma National Council, and of Belgrade's Cukarica municipality have taken part the removal of anti-Roma graffiti.

The graffiti called for violence against this ethnic minority, including messages such as, "Death to Gypsies," "Serbia for Serbs," "Not for Gypsies," along with swastikas and "SS division symbols."