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Romanian ambassador to Stockholm recommends Sweden prohibit beggary

In a newspaper article, the Romanian ambassador to Stockholm suggested one preventive measure toward discouraging Romani to settle in slums would be to prohibit beggary in Sweden, AFP reports, quoted by Mediafax.
“It is important not to encourage beggary in the streets of Sweden,” Raduta Matache, Romanian ambassador to Stockholm, said, as cited by Dagens Nyheter newspaper. “One option in this respect would be for Swedish town halls to prohibit beggary, when other solutions have failed to reach their objective,” she added. Lately, the extreme poverty conditions under which Romani who come to Sweden from Romania live has become an issue of debate in Sweden, given the increasing number of small slums formed in the suburbs of larger towns. There is a widespread perception among Swedish citizens that most beggars in Sweden are Roma ethnics. According to the Swedish Ministry of Internal Affairs, a “huge percentage” of the 370 homeless persons in 2012 were Romanians.

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