Romani history

Austro-Hungarian Empire

The Age of Enlightened Absolutism was characterised by essential changes in the sovereigns’ policies toward the “Gypsies”. In the face of the complete failure of all attempts to banish them permanently, the sovereigns of the Enlightenment were searching for new methods and ways to solve the “Gypsy problem” from the second half of the 18th century onwards. Assimilation by decree of the state was added to the methods of expulsion and persecution of the Roma that are being practiced to this day.

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