Begging in Europe is feeding entire villages in Romania

Village Hole in Romania — one of the so-called poor villages, where most of the inhabitants live by working and begging in Western Europe and Scandinavia. When it was established the organization of trips to Europe, the appearance of the village changed. In the impoverished village started receiving the money. Anywhere near the old barns began to appear the new house. On roads without asphalt steel drive new cars. It writes Kristeligt Dagblad.

Dominic Teodorescu (Dominic Teodorescu), PhD student of Uppsala University in Sweden, studying cultural geography of Eastern Europe, last year visited three rural districts of Romania to study the culture of the villages of the poor — a phenomenon rapidly spreading in this country.

“The whole infrastructure of organized trips from small villages in Europe. Originated a snowball effect among people who are not able to survive in Romania. It’s the people who have no life basis, there is insufficient access to social services and there is no hope for a better future,” he says. According to him, most of the residents in the villages of beggars — Gypsies who lived in rural areas and especially in isolation from labor market and social services. He stressed that the Roma population is diverse.

“A lot of Gypsies live well. But if 5% of the ethnic Romanians are poor, and 25-30% of Roma are very poor, then it is an ethnic problem. Dominate in the villages of poor ethnic Gypsies,” he says.

Gure Tyldum — researcher at Norwegian research Institute Fafo. In 2015 she participated in the study of the living conditions of Romanians and Roma in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. Gure Tyldum believes that some European cities can’t solve the problem. The solution, in her opinion, should deal with all the European economic area, which includes the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.