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Kamila Fiałkowska, Marta Bucholc. 2024.

Sedentarist Metaphysics of Nation State: Ukrainian Roma as Refugees (2022)


Palgrave Macmillan, Cham | pages: 199-225


Hundreds of thousands of forced migrants from Ukraine have arrived in Poland and other countries following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Their smooth reception in the host countries did not obscure the fact that Ukrainian Roma were among those who did not receive the same welcome. In this chapter, the authors use Elias and Scotson’s model of the established and the outsiders as a lens through which to view the position of Roma refugees from Ukraine. As they argue, the Roma refugees from the war in Ukraine were caught in the historical interplay of racialized territorial regimes and the petrified pan-European structures of exclusion to which Roma—as citizens of these countries—are subjected. Nevertheless, and contrary to Elias and Scotson’s model, the Polish Roma demonstrated a group cohesion that is considered unattainable to the outsiders; they did so through various forms of mobilization and assistance to the Ukrainian Roma refugees. However, when it comes to the position of the Ukrainian Roma refugees within the structures of the majority society—both the established and the non-Roma outsiders—the figurational fate of exclusion of this category of refugees appears typical while any other outcome—unlikely.


The smooth reception of Ukrainian war refugees in host countries has not obscured the fact that Ukrainian Roma have not received the same welcome.

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