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Around 100 street beggars remain in Finland

Around 100 street beggars remain in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

Around 100 street beggars from Romania and Bulgaria have remained in Finland for the winter. They have found shelter in overcrowded one-room apartments and on the streets as no new camp has been constructed.

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Helsinki not helping accommodate itinerant foreign Roma

Helsinki not helping accommodate itinerant foreign Roma | Finland | Scoop.it
Decision to lead to clearing out of Kalasatama camp

The Helsinki City Board has taken a negative view of a proposal that the city set up camping areas to accommodate itinerant Roma beggars who have been coming to Finland mainly from Romania and Bulgaria.
The decision basically means that about 80 Romanian Roma will be evicted permanently from the premises and front yard of the Satama social centre. On Tuesday morning police began evicting Roma from the area.
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First Issue of Poverty Advocacy Publication Hits the Streets

First Issue of Poverty Advocacy Publication Hits the Streets | Finland | Scoop.it
The first issue of Iso Numero (The Big Issue), a newspaper published by a poverty advocacy union, hit the streets on Monday. One at a time, the papers are being sold by Roma panhandlers and the homeless.
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Roma heading to Helsinki for showers | IceNews - Daily News

Roma heading to Helsinki for showers | IceNews - Daily News | Finland | Scoop.it
The opening of the new Roma day centre in Helsinki has attracted hundreds of new Roma gypsies, primarily from Bulgaria.
Officials from the new facility, situated in Paaskylanrinne, said that last Thursday alone saw 80 people stop in for a shower. Marjatta Vesalainen, a full-time worker at the centre, said that word of its opening had spread very quickly and Finland has seen a new influx of Roma, this time coming from Bulgaria.
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Helsinki breaks up Roma camps

Helsinki breaks up Roma camps | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki city officials, with help from police, closed illegal Roma camps within the city limits on Tuesday.

Roma from eastern Europe were evicted from four camps along the shore in the Kalasatama district. That followed a decision on Monday by the City Council to toughen its handling of Roma beggars. This summer has brought large numbers of people from EU member states such as Bulgaria and Romania to the city.
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Protest rally at Helsinki against Roma beggars  - Regional Europe - HotNews.ro

A protest rally was organized on Sunday in front of the Romanian Embassy to Helsinki against Roma beggars from Romania that spread in Finland.
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UN Committee against Torture Seeks Clarification from Finland

UN Committee against Torture Seeks Clarification from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
UN Committee against Torture has posed about 100 additional questions regarding Finland’s periodic report. The committee wants to know in greater detail how various human rights questions are addressed in Finland.
The committee inquired after issues such as violence against women, human trafficking and the legal status of the Roma and Sami people.
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More Roma arriving in Helsinki from Bulgaria

More Roma arriving in Helsinki from Bulgaria | Finland | Scoop.it
Day centre opens in Sörnäinen.
The Roma day centre in Pääskylänrinne in Sörnäinen opened its doors this week, and word has spread rapidly. New Roma have been arriving in Finland recently, this time mainly from Bulgaria.
“Last Thursday 80 people came here for a shower, says Marjatta Vesalainen, one of the centre’s two full-time employees.

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