The scheme aims to get beggars into work. Photo: Oskar Kullander / TT
The scheme aims to get beggars into work. Photo: Oskar Kullander / TT

Beggars offered jobs instead of charity

In southern Sweden a temperance society is trying to get beggars into paid work.

The beggars will be selling badges for SEK 20 and will be allowed to keep half. The campaign is called “Not a beggar” (Ej tiggare) and was launched by a group in Ronneby run by the IOGT temperance federation.

This street-selling job is intended to be a first step towards a real job, reports SVT local TV in the county of Blekinge.

Local media reports all the buttons have been sold and the campaign has to order more.

The beggars are so-called "EU migrants", usually people from poverty stricken areas of Eastern Europe.

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