South and Central America

South and Central America
   There could be more than a million Romanies in Latin America, the majority being descendants of Kalderash and other Vlah immigrants. Some writers give a figure as high as four million, with one million in Brazil alone. There are also descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Gypsies.
   It is thought that Romanies began to arrive in the Americas from Europe during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Many came during the period of colonization, with transportation to Portugal's new colony bringing Portuguese Gypsies to Brazil. Aside from the forced deportations, many Romany families decided to come to the New World in order to seek new horizons and escape the persecution they were facing in their countries. Spain, however, discouraged Gypsies from crossing to its colonies in America.
   In the early 20th century, many European Roma began to immigrate voluntarily to various destinations in Central and South America. These groups included Kalderash, Machvaya, Bayash, Sinti, and the Spanish and Portuguese Caló. More recently, due to the political events in eastern Europe and continued poverty and racism, many Romanian, Serbian, and Bosnian Roma have also arrived in South America. Jorge Bernal from Argentina is a poet and well-known figure at international conferences.

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