Danubius International Conferences, 13th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Ethnic Communities in the Danube Sector of Dobrogea

Oana Andreea Nae
Last modified: 2023-06-20


The territory between the Danube and the Black Sea has over time taken over all the ethnic, social and cultural movements brought by the times and history. As a result of these movements, the territory of Dobrogea was enriched with elements of all the cultures and civilizations that passed through it. At this moment, in Dobrogea, 21 ethnic minorities live in harmony, still preserving their culture and historical customs.

Discovering the history of the ethnic minorities, who have been living in Dobrogea for hundreds of years and their contribution to the cultural and material development of the area, leads to the knowledge of the mentalities of the different ethnic groups and to their acceptance without any prejudices. The significant ethnic groups in Dobrogea are: Turks, Tatars, Lipovian Russians, Greeks, Aromanians, Bulgarians, Italians.

The way they live their lives in common, but without losing their identity, represents a model of interethnic coexistence, which can be a worthy example to follow, especially since, throughout history, conflicts between ethnic minorities have been reasons for war and territorial division.