Pristina-Kosovo[Kosova]- Another national community has been set up in Kosovo – a Bulgarian one, Serbian radio B92 reports. After the formations of the Romas, the Turks, the Egyptians, the Bosnians, the Ashkalis and Croatians, a Bulgarian national community, including citizens from Sredna Jupa and Gora, has been officially registered in the UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo).
People in Gora have reportedly started applying for Bulgarian citizenship two months ago, hoping they could travel throughout
Apart from the Goranci, there are lots of Bosnians from Sredna Jupa willing to get Bulgarian passports, B92 comments. Kosovo is officially the only country in the world where anybody can form their own ethic group. In a country of 2 million people, 90 % of which belong to one ethnic group, there are now officially 10 ethnic groups. It doesn't get more diverse and multiethnic than this.
After the war of 1999 another ethnic group was formed, which now they call themselves Ashkali. "The challenge in building a new [ethnic group] was to clearly establish the separateness of the Ashkali from the Roma. He [the founder of the group] argued that Ashkali have their own distinctive form of dress, music, and marriage. This was more than enough basis for claiming a separate identity. Besides, he says, it was for him to choose his own identity-and the same went for his people". The freedom to choose is enshrined in the Kosovo Constitution! :)
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