!e ethnic group known by many names – calling themselves Mugat or Mugati Tubjoni, and by others as Lyuli, Jugi, Multoni, Mazang and Tavoktarosh. The paper attempt to shed light on current socio-economic problems of ethnic group popularly known in post-Soviet area as “Central Asian Gypsies”, due to their regional inhabitancy in Central Asia, primarily Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Similarly to Romani, the Lyuli share bitter fate of socially marginalized group. The years of communism contributed to gradual integration with local societies in Central Asia. Nevertheless, the dissolution of the Soviet Union gave rise to acute socio-economic problems and accelerated reverse process. Currently, the group face new challenges related to migration and new wave of discrimination.