The Gypsies (Rom, in the preferred vernacular term), a
sociopolitical issue in most other East European
much less numerous and less controversial in Poland.
the Gypsy population in Poland range from 15,000 to
Czechoslovakia's Gypsy population, by contrast, numbered
in the 1980s, when Poland became a transit point on the
migration route from Romania to Germany. Emigration of
Gypsies to Germany in the late 1980s reduced Poland's
population by as much as 75 percent. Nevertheless,
stereotypes remain strong in Polish society, and acts of
and discrimination against this most visible minority are
in Poland. In 1991 a mob destroyed a wealthy Gypsy
in central Poland. The Polish governments has adopted no
comprehensive policy on Gypsies byt instead had treated
acts against them as isolated incidents.
Data as of October 1992