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Serogenetic variations of 150 Gypsy Sikligars from Northwestern In­dia have been evaluated and compared to those of the Gypsies of European countries. Sikligars show resemblance to the Gypsies of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, the U.S.S.R., Yugoslavia, South France and Wales in relation to many serogenetic markers. This study provides the first strong genetic evidence linking the Gypsies living in European countries with a specific population of India. Data on Sikligars for various loci are discussed in relation to the genetic structure of Gypsy populations. It is concluded that genetic divergence has occurred in Gypsies of European countries by dispersal, isolation, inbreeding, and hybidization with local non-Gypsy populations.