Basel offers one-way tickets to beggars across Europe
The city of Basel offers beggars travel vouchers to any destination in Europe in exchange for agreeing not to return.
The city’s immigration service offers train vouchers and CHF 20 to any beggar who requests them, according to 20 Minutes.
To get the voucher, beggars must sign a written contract promising not to return to Switzerland for a certain period of time. If they are caught entering, they risk being deported.
So far, a total of 31 people have accepted the offer. 14 from Romania, 7 from Belgium, 7 from Germany, 2 from Italy and 1 from France.
According to the Basler Zeitung, the city found CHF 60 in flights to Bucharest for those from Romania.
Parts of Switzerland have shown little tolerance for beggars. In 2014, a woman beggar in the streets of Geneva was fined CHF 500. Unable to pay the fine, the woman was detained for 5 days. In 2016, the government of the Swiss canton of Vaud introduced a law prohibiting begging throughout the canton.
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