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) in Bulgaria constitute one of the country's largest ethnic minorities.The Romani are the third or second largest ethnic group, depending on the data.Bulgarian ethnologists Elena Marushiakova and Veselin Popov assert that no direct evidence indicates when precisely the Romani first appeared in Bulgaria.While they mention that other Bulgarian and international scholars have associated the 1387 Charter of Rila term Agoupovi Kleti with the Romani, they hold that the term refers to seasonal lodgings for mountain herdsmen.Bulgaria participates in the Decade of Roma Inclusion, an international initiative to improve the socio-economic status and social inclusion of Roma, with eight other governments committing themselves to "work toward eliminating discrimination and closing the unacceptable gaps between Roma and the rest of society".The rights of the Romani people in the country are also represented by political parties and cultural organizations, most notably the Civil Union "Roma".Though most live in poverty, the Romani are represented in Bulgarian mafia and rich Romani crime bosses deal with drug trade and prostitution.
They also tend to have high death and immigration rates.
Many possess Turkish ethnic identity and speak Turkish in addition to Romani.
Moreover, between 50% and 75% of Romani are Muslims and more than 30 Romani dialects are reportedly used in the country.
The former are mostly Christian (Eastern Orthodox and Protestant), while the latter are Muslim.
Many of the Muslim Romani or the so-called Turkish Gypsies are usually well integrated in the ethnic Turkish society in Bulgaria.