Úspěšná integrace rumunské komunity z Bílé Vody
SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION OF ROMANIAN COMMUNITY FROM BILA VODA
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In this paper I seek to contribute to our understanding of Romanian immigration in the Czech Republic that has been neglected so far in the scholarly literature. This article presents evidence on a selected Romanian community in peripheral village in the Jesenik-region based upon biographic interviews. The emergence and function of the community are reflected in the migration history of Romanian families, their gradual integration in society and in place of residence (marginalized village). Special emphasis is placed upon crucial moments like emergence of the distinction between Romanians and Roma in the eyes of majority of the society. Positive as well as negative influences upon the integration are discussed. The paper shows empirical evidence which is in some aspects contradictory to findings about integration of foreigners in the Czechia as presented by Tollarova (2006). The paper concludes with some consideration about future development of the community.
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