Mafia is a term uised tae describe certain faimily- or culturally-based
organisit crime enterprises. The best kent o these, an the oreeginator o the term, is the
Sicilian Mafia, a creeminal syndicate that emergit in the mid 19t century in
Italy. Accordin tae the classic definition, the Mafia is a creeminal organisation oreeginatin in Sicily.
American Mafia arose frae Sicilians Mafia members immigratin tae the
Unitit States durin the late nineteent century, follaein waves o Italian emigration. They carriet on the creeminal tradeetion an structur o their Sicilian coonterpairts, but evolvit intae a pan-Italian group.
Thare wur similar affshuits in
Italian Canadians. The same haes been claimit o organisit creeme amang
 Housomeivver, the term "mafia" haes become a generic term for ony structured organisit creeme group.