Not even close. They are nothing like American getho gangsters.<quoted text>
So they are like the gangs we have here in America. They fight and kill over territory or drugs. It's realy sad.
Essentially they are Indians who came into the Balkans with the occupying Ottoman Turks five and six hundred years ago. Under Ottoman rule they were kept segregated and used as slaves, but then the Ottomans treated all the people of the Balkans that way, so the gypsies were no worse off then anyone else with one major exception. While the Europeans were settled farmers although peasants and indentured servants, the gypsies were nomads. To get food they sang, danced, made pots and pans, begged, stole, told fortunes, anything they could to to survive.
In the eighteen hundreds the Ottomans were pushed out and the modern country's that we know today started forming, but by now the gypsies had found a niche for themselves and stuck to it. Also because they still speak their old Indian language, and they held on to their Indian customs, when the new nations formed, at the height of the nationalism of the nineteenth century, the gypsies were excluded from the nation building process. But they also excluded themselves by refusing integration into European culture, and they still do so today.
As a culture they decided that somehow education is bad for their culture thus they refuse to learn. Parents literally will not allow their kids to learn. They try to keep them out of school anyway they can. They feel that education will somehow "taint" who they are. Essentially they are like the Muslims who refuse the modern world.
So in modern Europe without an education guess what? You can't get a job, and without a job, and being nomads that do not own land, the only way to survive is to cheat and steal. So they do and they do not see the folly of choosing petty crime over education. It is basically a really stupid culture, that places more value on stupidity over education.
They are also very unclean. They do not bathe, and make a mess of wherever they live.
check out this gypsy neighborhood in Bucharest. the rest of the city does not look like this, only where the gypsies live looks like this, and I don't care how poor you are there is no excuse in throwing garbage everywhere.