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