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Europe’s New Beggars

2019-04-10 Quillette

Writing in Quillette about free movement within the EU, Johan Wennström, IFN, argues that "contrary to the purpose of free movement, most [of the beggars] have not come to work or study, but to beg in the most abject manners".  Wennström writes: "[...] an elite [in Westerns Europe] discourse condones destructive behavior and reinterprets a denigrating hand-to-mouth existence as an alternative lifestyle, ultimately discouraging governments from taking the necessary measures to maintain human dignity and alleviate the social costs of begging, such as imposing a blanket ban."

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