During GRTHM, we're celebrating the unique and diverse histories and cultures of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Scotland.
The history of Gypsy, Roma and Travellers
The term ‘Gypsy Travellers’ refers to specific groups like:
- Romany Gypsies
- Scottish, Irish, English and Welsh Travellers
Gypsy, Roma and Travellers are a recognised ethnic group. Not everyone who identifies as a Gypsy Traveller is currently travelling. They might live in council or private housing or on fixed caravan sites.
There are other types of traveller who are not considered Gypsy Travellers like:
- occupational travellers
- show people
- new age travellers
Gypsy, Roma and Travellers often have poorer health and a lower life expectancy than the general population.
Many Gypsy, Roma and Travellers face barriers to healthcare including:
- registering for healthcare due to regular travel
- cultural and language barriers because of a lack of cultural understanding
- health literacy and how to navigate health services
- a lack of trust in or fear of health services
- economic barriers including accessing transport to appointments
Learn more about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
10 things you should know about Scottish Travellers
Davie Donaldson discusses some myths about Scottish Travellers and shares 10 things you should know about the Scottish Traveller community.