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A 'Minority within a Minority': the Special Status

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Being a ?minority within a minority? could be an advantage for the smallest ethnic group in South Tyrol but also a disadvantage if they are not able to obtain the same recognition as the ?host minority?. The Ladins in South Tyrol, in comparison with Ladins living in other Italian provinces, have obtained some real advantages, owing to the fact that the numerically stronger host minority has considerable political influence and regulative powers in its hands. The legal status of the Ladins differs considerably from each other depending on the province they live in. Already with the first Autonomy Statute for Trentino-South Tyrol in 1948, the Ladins of the Provinces of Bolzano/Bozen and Trento were given rights, although different from the German-speaking minority, such as the teaching of Ladin in primary schools, Ladin place names and the enhancement of Ladin culture in general.

Keywords: autonomy statute; Bolzano; Bozen; German-speaking minority; Italian provinces; Ladins; legal status; South Tyrol; Trento



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