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City challenge created by Tim Valberg Friday, July 09, 2010



The scope of this problem is to find out what should be done with the Roma beggars in Oslo in a 2 year time-frame. This problem space will not cover other Romanian groups such as professional Romanian thieves. This problem space will focus on Gypsy (Roma, Rom, Romani) beggars in Oslo only.


74 percent of the population support a ban on begging on the streets of Norway, according to a poll done by Ipsos MMI for Dagbladet with 600 interviewed in 2012. The number of Romanians in Norwegian prisons have increased 10 times between 2006 and 2009. It is not known how many of these are Roma. In june 2012, Roger Andresen, deputy chief of Grønland police Station estimated the number of Romanian beggars in Oslo to be 2000. 171 Romanians were convicted of crimes in Oslo and two neighboring cities in the first half year of 2012. More than 150 of the convictions were for theft, robbery or handling stolen goods. It is not known how many of the Romanians were Roma. Seven out of ten who were arrested for pocket thefts in Oslo are Romanians according to the statistics for first half of 2012.

The problem

Over the last 5 years Roma beggars have arrived in Oslo. Their numbers have made a strong presence in down-town Oslo. Their presence has resulted in a wide range of issues and there are many conflicts over what to do with the Roma.

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How can we eliminate the conflicts and frustrations that Oslo residents experience and at the same time deal with the Roma with dignity in a way that will help them to help them selves over time?

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