Roma (Gypsy) of Canada


People Group Info

Total Population: 5,255

ROP3 Code: 100358
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Romany
Language: Romanian - (ron)
Religion: Christianity - Orthodox
Country of Origin: Romania

Status of Christianity


Unengaged and Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

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Majority Located Where

  Toronto, ON - 2,400

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Brief Profile

The Roma Gypsy, also known as the Romani, are a traditionally nomadic people, living mostly in Europe and the Americas and originating from the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, apparently from the region that is currently occupied by the Indian states of Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab.

They are a dispersed people, but their most concentrated populations are located in Europe, especially Central, Eastern and Southern Europe (including Turkey, Spain and Southern France).

There is no official or reliable count of the Romani populations worldwide. Many Romani refuse to register their ethnic identity in official censuses for fear of discrimination. Others are descendants of intermarriage with local populations and no longer identify only as Romani, or not at all.

The ancestors of modern-day Roma people were previously Hindu, but adopted Roman Catholicism or Islam depending on their respective regions through which they had migrated. Muslim Roma are found in Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Egypt, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Bulgaria. In North America, they followed Roman Catholicism and consider the Blessed Ceferino Giménez Malla as a patron saint.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will working in the lives of Roma Gypsy people to understand and receive the message of God's free gift of salvation.
  • Pray God will work via dreams and evangelical Christians to understand the message of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray Christians will take the initiative to form relationships with Roma Gypsy people sharing the message of Christ through their lifestyle and word.

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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON2,400