A search of the SOYMB archives shows that it has previously expressed concern about the persecution of the Roma. Once more we post a report on the issue.
Police forcibly removed about 100 people from a makeshift Roma camp who had ignored a weekend deadline to leave the cluster of caravans and huts made of plywood and plastic in an empty lot, deemed unsanitary in a court order last week in Sweden's southern city of Malmö. Under Swedish law, locals and visitors alike usually have the right to walk or camp on almost any land, although this does not include public land that is adjacent to residential property or privately-owned gardens. The case of the camp in Malmö is unique because the person who owns the land tolerated the migrants for six months before launching a trespassing case with police. “They surrounded us, began dragging away people, dragged them through the gravel,” a protester called Samuel told Swedish news agency TT. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has said hundreds of Roma migrants left without an overnight base after police cleared out a huge 'shanty town' in Malmö are not Sweden's responsibility.
Roma, mostly from Romania and Bulgaria, are free to travel to Sweden as EU citizens. Unlike the asylum-seeker, who are housed in government-run refugee shelters, the Roma mostly fend for themselves. As EU citizens they don't qualify for asylum, which is reserved for refugees fleeing war and persecution.
The evacuation of a squalid Roma camp this week has forced Swedes to come to terms with a troubling new reality: For the first time in generations, they are witnessing people living in abject poverty, without basic amenities such as electricity and running water. They sleep on sidewalks, wrapped in blankets on cardboard boxes or in makeshift homes made of plywood, metal and sheets of plastic. They eke out a living by panhandling and recycling bottles and cans. Though there are no hard statistics they now number around 4,500. They're not protected by Sweden's welfare system because they're considered visitors, not residents. They're only eligible for emergency aid including a few days of food and housing at homeless shelters and assistance to return home. Many Roma don't even want that, avoiding authorities as much as they can. They set up camp in abandoned plots of land or in parks, often with the intent to go back home