Denmark, assaulted by beggars from Romania

The number of beggars in the streets from Denmark has constantly risen in the last five years, according to The Copenhagen Post. Based on a survey, 70 per cent of those interviewed had to deal, in the past year, with beggars who asked them for money.

58 per cent of Danes think that the number of beggars grew in the past five years, a vision also shared by the officials of Copenhagen police. “After the EU enlargement in 2007 we noted an inflow of beggars from East European countries,” said detective Mogens Lauridsen from Copenhagen Police. A Police speaker added that beggary in Copenhagen was reaching its peak during summer, when many Romanians do this in the streets of the Capital, mainly women with children. Another outcome of the survey is that the Danes are not willing to give any money to the street people (only 12 per cent of those interviewed indicated they would give them money), mainly because they felt constrained and because they did not want to encourage alcoholism. Several persons interviewed also said that the state should deal with those disadvantaged.

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