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Treatment of Minorities

Treatment of Minorities

During the monitored period, there were practically no monitoring surveys of this category in Moldova. However, there is some information that can be used to indirectly judge the level of nationalism in the country. These are surveys on the most painful topic - the question of attitude to the state language issue.

There is no disagreement on the question that the language of the title majority is state, given that the Russian language was originally given the status of a language of interethnic communication. Battles are conducted on how to name the state language - Moldovan or Romanian. Historically, people who consider the language they speak Romanian are active supporters of reunification with Romania and the violent assimilation of minorities. And vice versa.

The only poll, commissioned by the Public Policy Institute with the support of the Soros Foundation, was devoted to the question of amendments to the Constitution regarding the change of the state language from Moldovan to Romanian. Changes were supported by 22.7% of respondents. 65% of Moldovan citizens who participated in the survey were against the change. Approximately 7.6% of the respondents believed that the Constitution must specify Moldovan language as the state language, and Romanian should be placed in parenthesis. At the same time, 2% of respondents were in favour of the Constitution not specifying the state language at all. In general, most of the population of Moldova does not support unification with Romania, although the Romanians are considered to related to them.

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