The Norwegian capital’s policy on who is responsible for the Roma people and Oslo’s foreign jobless is now turning into a political ping-pong process.
Amongst forced removals, an earlier suggestion to re-impose Norway’s begging ban, and this week’s local Labour Party (Ap)-led compulsory police reporting reintroduction, Oslo municipality wants a response from politicians.
Aftenposten-run website osloby.no writes it has challenged officials at various Norwegian Ministries for an answer in the responsibility issue.
According to its journalists, the State and Ministries are also sending the matter back and forth, with the Ministry of Local Government drawing answerability firmly down upon the heads of municipal officials.
“I believe the state has been this passive simply because there is disagreement in the government about how the situation of the Roma people should be handled,” Conservative (H) City Council leader Stian Berger Røsland tells the website, advocating politicians introduce a compensation scheme for any expenses incurred.
In other questions of financial responsibility, Mr Røsland criticises Ministry officials for bucking responsibility regarding southern European labour migrants coming to Norway looking for work under the EEA Agreement.
According to the council leader, the capital’s unemployed southern European create an even bigger challenge.
Stian Berger Røsland also seeks clarity on this issue, declaring people cannot automatically expect help and support. He says he is still waiting for an answer to this.
“The government must come up clear guidelines for what visiting workers from EEA countries should be offered, to which extent, and who should be responsible for this and say so if it believes differently,” he explains. “We also have an influx of workers from groups other than the Roma people.”
Several complaints were lodged against police regarding how they treated homeless Roma people in a series of incidents last summer.