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Combating vulnerability and begging – no one should have to beg

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On June 24, the Government presented a package of measures for vulnerable EU citizens staying temporarily in Sweden. The initiative aims to combat vulnerability and begging. The long-term goal is that no one should have to beg in Sweden.

Thress ministers on stage during a press-conference.
Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér and Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke present a package of measures for vulnerable EU citizens who are temporarily residing in Sweden. Photo: Government Offices

The package of measures contains actions to promote cooperation within the EU and especially with Romania and Bulgaria, clearer rules in Sweden and close cooperation with civil society organisations.

“Today, the Government will present a first package of measures for vulnerable EU citizens in Sweden. It is a step on the road to reducing vulnerability and begging. The goal is that no one should have to beg,” says Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér.

The three reform areas:

  • increased cooperation within the EU, especially with Romania and Bulgaria
  • clearer rules in Sweden
  • close cooperation with civil society organisations.

Important measures in the package include:

  • Within the framework of the cooperation agreement with Romania, continue work on development of welfare, children’s rights and gender equality.
  • Play an active role towards the European Commission in tackling the issue and promote EU efforts on Roma inclusion.
  • Support Romania via the Cohesion Fund, the Social Fund and the Regional Development Fund.
  • A government assignment to the Police to propose measures to stop violence against vulnerable EU citizens staying temporarily in Sweden. The assignment report is to be presented by 30 November.
  • Supplementary terms of reference to the inquiry into trafficking in human beings about protection provided by criminal law against exploitation of vulnerable people who have come to Sweden.
  • Better management of unlawful settlements on public and private land. An inquiry will analyse how landowners’ possibilities to obtain help with measures in the event of prohibited settlements can be improved.
  • Better cooperation and regular meetings with civil society organisations working with vulnerable EU citizens.

Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér, Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson and Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke took part in the press conference.