Gitanos

Gitanos

About Gitanos

The Romani people in Spain are generally known as gitanos. Spanish Romanies belong to the Iberian Kale group, with smaller populations in Portugal (known as ciganos), in southern France and Morocco. A number of gitanos were also historically present in Algeria, together with other Spanish Pied-Noir immigrant communities under French rule, although whether any remain is unknown. They tend to speak Cali_, which basically encompasses a range of regional dialects of Spanish with numerous Romani loan words and mannerisms. Nevertheless, to varying degrees, they identify with Andalusian culture and music due to the large gitano population present in that region. Data on ethnicity is not collected in Spain, although the Government's statistical agency CIS estimated in 2007 that the number of Gitanos present in Spain probably hovers around one million people.