”Sweden must get used to beggars”

As beggars on the streets become a familiar sight in some Swedish local authorities are calling on the government to take action. But the person responsible for dealing with homelessness at the social affiars ministry says this is just something that people must get used to.

Michael Anefur says to Swedish Television that free movement within the EU brings this kind of problem.

He says that begging is not something confined to the big cities.

In November the Board of Health and Welfare estimated that there were 400 poor EU migrants in Sweden, that half were from Romania, with others from Poland, Spain, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Half of them had no income and around a third supported themselves by begging.

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