The far-right Sweden Democrats party on Wednesday proposed forbidding foreigners from begging in the country under penalty of jail time or expulsion.
“Make begging in Sweden an offence for foreigners and impose the punishment of expulsion or an entry ban” for a certain amount of time, the party wrote in a political programme.
The Sweden Democrats entered parliament for the first time in 2010 on an anti-immigration, eurosceptic platform, and the party hopes to win even more seats in September 2014 legislative elections.
Opinion polls over the past two years have shown that the party has between eight and 12 percent support among voters.
According to the party, in a section of the programme entitled “fight against criminality”, there are two types of beggars in Sweden