Sweden: Romani people are deported without legal reason
Sweden deports Romani people without proper legal reason. This claims former Liberal People’s Party (Sw: Folkpartiet) chairman Maria Leissner, now chairman for the government’s committee on Romani issues.
So far this year, fifty Romani people have been deported because they were begging for money in the metro and other public places reports the Swedish radio. Begging is however not illegal in Sweden and many of them are EU-citizens and thus have the right to remain in another country in the union for three months anyway. The Stockholm police claim however that they are following the Swedish law when they deport foreign citizens who can not support themselves.
Minister for Migration Tobias Billström says to the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) that Romani people needs to support themselves in a reasonable way in order to stay. Begging in the metro is not such a proper way he claims. Billström says that every member state has to solve its minority problems in a way that improves the rights for the minorities.