The Swiss city offers homeless people a one-way ticket to other countries, provided they do not return
The Swiss city offers homeless people a one-way trip to other countries, provided they agree not to return
- The homeless people of Basel offered a free train ticket or plane ticket to leave Switzerland
- They must agree in writing not to return to Basel, otherwise they risk being deported
- 31 people from Belgium, Germany, Romania, Italy, France accepted the offer
A Swiss city has offered homeless people a one-way ticket to other European countries, on the condition that they agree not to return.
Basel’s migration service gives homeless people a free ticket, or a plane ticket if the destination is too far to travel by train to return to their home country.
The only catch – they have to agree in writing that they will not return to Switzerland for a specified period.
The Swiss city of Basel has offered homeless people a free one-way ticket to leave the country, on the condition that they agree not to return for a period of time (pictured, people sleeping on the street in Geneva, Switzerland)
Basel Ministry of Justice spokesperson Toprak Yergu explained: ‘Beneficiaries must make a written commitment not to return to Switzerland – at least for a certain period of time.
“If they are checked again, they risk expulsion from our country.”
Thirty-one people have accepted the city’s offer so far, including seven from Germany, seven from Belgium, two from Italy, one from France and 14 from Romania, who were flown home.
Basel’s migration service has offered homeless people on the street a free ticket under the scheme
The scheme also covers airfares of up to 60 francs (£ 47) to destinations that cannot be reached by train from Basel
The voluntary Rail Check scheme covers tickets to any European destination that can be reached by train from Basel or a flight worth 60 francs (£ 47).
The Swiss scheme also offers beggars a donation of 20 francs (£ 16) to help them get started.
Switzerland is known for having a zero tolerance policy for homelessness on the streets of its cities.
In 2014, Geneva authorities fined a woman 500 francs (£ 395) for violating the region’s rules on begging. When she was unable to pay the fee, she was arrested by the police.
The European Court of Human Rights condemned the city in January 2021 after finding that its rights under Article 8 – the right to privacy – had been violated.
The court held that the woman ‘had the right, inherent in human dignity, to express her grief and try to provide for her needs by begging’, and ordered the city to raise EUR 992 (£ 861) in moral pay damages.
Homeless people who agree to the voluntary scheme will also be offered a donation of 20 francs (£ 16) with their train ticket or plane ticket