So my friends and I were thinking of having a road trip through Europe (we live in the Uk) and thought about driving from England to Istanbul and back. However, one of our party is Sikh and we were wondering if he'd face any significant discrimination in the Balkans (greater than what he gets in the UK anyway).
Would it be significant or do people not give that much of a shit?
Anyone that wears headwear is going to be confusing as WTF are they. This is a known problem with Sikh's everywhere they go. I would think they are most understood and accepted in the UK, for the locals education and understanding far outweighs the rest of europe.
Leave him at home, or get him to clean up his appearance in order to enjoy the once in a lifetime trip. Understandably, he may have religious reasons not to do that, and so you'll deal with the trouble if it arises. What else could you do? I'd stay out of Turkey, however.
>no one gets confused between them anymore
I'm not inclined to believe the average serb or whatever can tell what kind of turban it is
In America rednecks shoot sikhs on sight, why would the southeast Europe version of that be any different?
Probably implying that people in Eastern Europe have never even heard of Sikhs,let alone seen or met any,or know much about them - and indeed they are fucking great blokes.
They how however very very much less likely to be armed than yer stateside redneck.
Its a sad commentary on our society that the first assumption is there will be stereotyping specifically against him because of appearance when you're all going to technically be foreigners out of the country. That being said he may end up in trouble if he forgets to take his poo to the loo.
In Balkans people won't have anything against Sikhs in particular but they might associate the turban with some Turkroach culture so that's why they might react bad. But i doubt even that would happen. Stares are a must tho
>wondering if he'd face any significant discrimination in the Balkans
some places it'll be good, because they'll think he's a muslim.
some places it'll be very bad, because they'll think he's a muslim.