GITMIX (Dynamics of Mixedness among Roma Populations in Catalonia, Spain: Interethnic Relations, Acculturation and Processes of social Inclusion and Exclusion) is coordinated by Dan Rodríguez García, director of the research group INMIX at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. It is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, National Program for Research Aimed at the Challenges of Society (Retos). GRITIM-UPF's Zenia Hellgren participates as senior researcher in the project.
One of the current challenges faced by European societies is understanding and managing increased cultural diversity and complex intercultural dynamics. Within this area of research, intermarriage and mixed families constitute one of the most important indicators for revealing societal structure and intergroup relations. In Spain, quite a lot of information is now available on mixed couples and mixed descendants for unions occurring between the majority native population and the immigrant population. However, there is currently no research on interethnic unions specifically involving national ethnic minorities, particularly in the case of the Roma, or Romani, population, the most numerous ethnic minority in Spain and Europe. The Roma population has been completely overlooked in all the studies on interculturalism, which contributes to this group’s invisibility within discussions on diversity. This project seeks to fill this serious information gap—through groundbreaking research that will be carried out by an experienced, interdisciplinary research team.