ABSTRACT

The city of Messina is located in Sicily, in front of the Straits that faces the region of Calabria, and hosts a population of over 200,000 inhabitants. The Romani population in Messina is certainly limited compared to the numbers of Pisa and mainly consists of a group of Roma migrated from Kosovo and Montenegro between the end of the 80s and 90s. Apart from them, Messina, in the last few years, also witnessed the arrival of Roma from Romania, whose presence, nevertheless, was ignored by the local authorities. The nomad camp of San Ranieri was established by the local administration in 1992, by renting the area, as a temporary solution for the Romani community from ex-Yugoslavia who did not have permanent accommodation. The background of all the persons interviewed was similar: they had all migrated from ex-Yugoslav countries in the 90s and had lived in the Romani camp of San Ranieri before the launch of the project.