Who are the Carpatho-Rusyns
The Carpatho-Rusyns are a distinct group of people with their own language, religion, and customs. Carpatho-Rusyns can be referred to by other names such as Lemkos, Ruthenians, Rusins, and Rusyns. Carpatho-Rusyns are considered to be an ethnic minority by the European Union. Their homeland, known as Carpathian Rus' , is located on the southern and northern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains, where the borders of Ukraine, Slovakia, and Poland meet.
Carpatho-Rusyns are linguistically and culturally an East Slavic people, descendants of the White Croats who lived alongside the West Slavs (Poles and Slovaks), Magyars (Hungarians), and Romance (Romanians) people. They have their own language, which uses the Cyrillic alphabet. Traditionally, Carpatho-Rusyns follow the Byzantine Greek Catholic or Eastern Orthodox religion.
There are approximately 1.5 million Carpatho-Rusyns in Europe today and over 750,000 Americans that have at least one Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant ancestor.