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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Guido Reil (ID)
 Subject: Homelessness and begging

It is important to the Commission that candidate countries from the Western Balkans make progress in integrating Roma people, as it would like to ensure that the introduction of the freedom of movement does not – as it did with the accession of other Eastern European Member States – lead to a rise in the number of beggars and homeless people on our streets.

For example, beggars from Roma communities are a growing problem in Brussels, where police report that they operate in organised groups (1) . The same phenomenon can also be seen in other Member States.

They beg not because they face discrimination on the local jobs market, but because the freedom of movement allows it.

A 2018 academic study found that many rural Roma communities in Central and South-Eastern Europe see freedom of movement in the EU as a business model in which they travel unfettered to beg on the streets of Western Europe. They have no intention of finding a regular job. This branch of activity often forms the backbone of their community’s economy. Migrants are supported by their local family network (2) .

1. Has the Commission already analysed the phenomenon of organised begging and homelessness among Roma people in the various Member States?

2. What implications does the Commission envisage this issue will have on the current accession process?

3. How can we best tackle this problem?

(1)Serife Cetin, 'Beggars become social problem for heart of EU, Brussels', 17 January 2020.
(2)Jon Horgen Friberg, 'Poverty, networks, resistance: the economic sociology of Roma migration for begging', Migration Studies, 2018, (pp. 1-22).
Original language of question: DE
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