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Old 02.05.2021, 16:36
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Re: Basel offers homeless free one-way ticket to European destinations...

This article (paywall) is on a small travel agency called Travelpoint by the Claraplatz. The owner says that his customers are predominantly Romanians lately, they pay with coins only for the Wizzair tickets (direct flight to Bukarest, typical cost is around 60 CHF one-way including airport tax and other fees). Many are repeat customers, oftentimes with different IDs, one ID had a printed validity of 60 years, apparently something no country does. The mandatory PCR tests (costs 150) caused lots of uproar among them, but apparently they can get on in Mulhouse for around 30. He can often see the groups of beggars take orders when he arrives for work around 8am.

The train ticket offered by Basel costs 250 CHF, the journey takes 35 hours. This makes me wonder why the Roma don't take the offer, return the ticket (payback should be around 200), and use that to pay for their flight and another forged ID to pocket the difference.

Meanwhile, Basels SP (socialdemocratic party) reportedly have produced a strategic paper where they demand free overnight stays (bedding) for the Roma, and that they are allowed to keep begging. Supposedly it isn't the Roma's fault that they're a nuisance, it's up to the locals to adapt and accept the problems the Roma cause. The paper itself can be summoned up with "all it takes is more understanding from the locals and everything will be fine".
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