Studies and academic research at the Roma Language and Culture Research Institute of Trakya University in Edirne have officially begun.
The institute, founded to protect the cultural and historical heritage of Turkey's Roma community, will investigate the linguistic, historical, political, social, demographic, economic, cultural and other aspects of Turkey's Roma population and publish its findings. The institute will also be involved in studies investigating the state of Roma communities in the Balkans.
The institute will catalog the language and conduct academic research. Researchers will attend national and international seminars to brief others on developments. The institute will also advise the government and municipalities on how to help their Roma communities. Researchers from the Balkans will also be allowed to assist in the institute's Ph.D. level studies.