Photographer's Note

Life is so much easier when you have a bank account and don't have to beg for your survival.

I took this photo in Gtgatan, a busy street on the island of Sdermalm. It shows a typical scene from Stockholm and many other Swedish cities, where poor people from EU countries try to make a living from begging or collecting refundable bottles and cans, sometimes also trying to sell wooden spoons or bunches of flowers.

Since some countries in what used to be called eastern Europe entered the EU in the early 2000's their standard of living has generally increased considerably thanks to the tens of millions of Euros that have been sent by the richer member states. But some citizens have hardly seen any improvement at all, so they use their freedom of movement to travel across the entire European continent to Sweden, and probably other countries. If this is a better life, imagine how bad it is in their home country. It's a disgrace to the entire EU, and to the concerned governments in particular, that some citizens are so deeply neglected.

Here is a larger version.

One of the many TE bugs once again stopped me from adding the map coordinators.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12535 W: 572 N: 24035] (102650)
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