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a VirtualTourist member from Waterloo asked on Oct 30, 2014

Republic of Macedonia

Racism in Macedonia

My parents are North Indian but I am born in Canada making me Indo-Canadian. Me and my friends are visiting Europe and Macedonia in a few months. Do I need to worry about racism and assault?



6 Answers


answered on 10/30/14 by
a VT member from Amsterdam

Hello,

I am quite sure you do not have to worry about that, the Macedonian people are very friendly and hospitable.

Besides the bigger cities such as Skopje and Ohrid, there are not a lot of foreigners in Macedonia, so especially in the country side tourists catch some extra attention (even the Caucasian ones...)

You can have a look at my pages here on VT to see what there's to do in Macedonia: [original VT link]

Have fun,
Dennis




answered on 10/30/14 by
a VT member from Republika Srpska

I agreed with previous post! Maybe in some small places you will attract attention because everybody know that you are new face in town.
I visited country and I find it very friendly. I looking forward to new journeys there.

I wish you nice vacation!




answered on 10/31/14 by
a VT member from Bitola

Well put it this way, I am fom Bitola, and my friends ( parents are white European and black African ) and their childern who are mixed race, come to visit nearly every summer and they never ever felt that they were in danger or threatened.
Specially the young adults ( my son friends) love it as they find it much safer and laid back.
We also have quite few student s from the African countries and they have been alway treated ( at worst) with curiosity if they visit some small placed in the countryside.
Nothing to worry about really.
Just go and enjoy yourself.




answered on 10/31/14 by
a VT member from London

Hello [VT member 151833] and welcome to VT, I hope you enjoy it here. As you have seen already, it is an excellent travel resource. I won't go into the issue of your self-definition as that opens a whole can of worms. Broadly put, I think everyone should define yourself as one thing but that is another issue.

All that being said and to answer your question, I have had the great privelege of having visited Macedonia twice, most recently in 2011 in a wonderful VT meet organised by the previous poster, Valentina, who is Macedonian and a friend of mine who I hope to be meeting again next month.

Admittedly, I did not see many "dark-skinned" people there but those that I did certainly seemed to be having a great time. There was certainly no impression of racism or potential violence towards travellers who "looked different".

Think about it in reverse, if you will. I am a very obvious European (tall, pale, bearded etc.) and I really don't worry about going to places where I look "odd". In my wanderings I know that I have been the only "white man" in town. Frankly, I actually enjoyed it.

I certainly wouldn't let any such concerns put you off visiting what is a gorgeous country with delightful people and, incidentally, brilliant food and drink! Go for it, my friend. you may certainly get a few looks in the street or people coming wanting to talk to you but that is natural curiosity and certainly in no way aggressive. Just don't shut down, talk to people and you will have such a good time in that lovely place. Macedonian people are inherently friendly, don't mistake that for a potential threat as it is not. You are about a thousand more times more likely to be invited for dinner than you are to be robbed or assaulted.

Hope this assists,

fergy.




answered on 10/31/14 by
a VT member from Saint Petersburg

Hi,
No, you don’t need to worry about racism in FYR of Macedonia. You should realize that there are some tensions between two main ethnic communities, Macedonian and Albanian but both communities are friendly toward foreigners and people with different color of skin. So, don’t worry and enjoy your travel.
Sincerely,

Oleg




answered on 10/31/14 by
a VT member from Zagreb

Maybe my comment some will not like.
Behave in accordance with generally accepted standards, do not point out that your skin color is different, do not give impression that are scared or embarrassed, try not to look angry, be cheerful, friendly, cordial and so you'll become "invisible", or in other words, no one will watch the color of your skin but who you are and what you're like in character.





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