As the plight of and the debate about what to do about the Roma People continues, Norwegian politicians and police advocate a renewed begging ban.
Whilst it was legalised six years ago, the Right-Wing Parties oppose the practise. This week, the Progress Party (FrP) has said it wants to help stamp it out by altering Norway’s welfare benefits system. In May, the Conservatives (H) voted 184-102 in favour of an embargo on begging.
Police Director Øystein Mæland has also advocated reintroducing the pre-2006 veto, with officials there alleging the Roma People from Romania and Bulgaria make up the main part of those coming to Norway.
Both countries are expected to become Schengen area members from this autumn, which Norwegian police have previously expressed concern about.
The Centre Party’s (Sp) Jenny Klinge has suggested pulling Norway out of Schengen, replacing it with a common Nordic Country border control union.
Socialist Left (SV) deputy leader and Minister of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion, Inga Marte Thorkildsen, says the timing of this discussion is inappropriate, however, even though her Party opposes Schengen and the EEA agreement.