This confusion has become worse to the point that many people associate gypsies with Romanians or think that they are actually from Romania. This is a sad claim because this is a common example of a stereotype. It is just the same as in the case of assuming that the Irish are mostly drunkards, or the case of considering White American Southerners as supremacists when this is not always true. The root for these stereotypes may be linked to popular culture and the influence of media. As a result people often sensationalize things then make unfounded generalizations. The confusion may also be rooted to the nature of the word gypsy. Romanies is another term for gypsies.
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According to the census , they number , people or 3. The Romani people originate from northern India ,       presumably from the northwestern Indian regions such as Rajasthan   and Punjab. The linguistic evidence has indisputably shown that roots of Romani language lie in India: the language has grammatical characteristics of Indian languages and shares with them a big part of the basic lexicon, for example, body parts or daily routines. It shares many phonetic features with Marwari , while its grammar is closest to Bengali. Genetic findings in suggest the Romani originated in northwestern India and migrated as a group. The conference ended with a recommendation to the Government of India to recognize the Roma community spread across 30 countries as a part of the Indian diaspora.
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Genetic findings appear to confirm that the Romani "came from a single group that left northwestern India about 1, years ago". The Romani are widely known among English-speaking people by the exonym Gypsies or Gipsies , which is considered to be pejorative due to its connotations of illegality and irregularity. Since the 19th century, some Romani have also migrated to the Americas. There are an estimated one million Roma in the United States ;  and , in Brazil , most of whose ancestors emigrated in the 19th century from Eastern Europe.
The Roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across Europe for a thousand years. The Roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family. Often portrayed as exotic and strange, the Roma have faced discrimination and persecution for centuries.