Residential travellers of The Hague in the Volkskrant

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July 9, 2024
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Due to discriminatory caravan policies, Sinti, Roma and Travellers in The Hague sometimes have to wait a lifetime for a pitch, according to the Volkskrant. In the Volkskrant article, one of the residents also says that his caravan camp was declared unlivable years ago. It is more common for caravan camps to be located in environments that are undesirable and unlivable, according to caravan dwellers.

Nice that the newspaper pays attention to this issue. The article also refers to the lawsuit PILP is pursuing on behalf of the caravan community in The Hague. At the end of May 2024, the court ruled in this case that the municipality of The Hague must create extra places for caravans. It will be known this summer whether the municipality will appeal this verdict.

Roma, Sinti and Travellers are one of the most disadvantaged and discriminated against population groups in Europe, according to the European Court of Human Rights. They have the right to live in a caravan, but there are not enough sites available in the Netherlands due to years of active government policy.

On 29 May 2024, the District Court of The Hague ruled that the municipality of The Hague discriminates against caravan dwellers on the basis of race. For 25 years, the municipality has not realised a single new pitch, but has actively removed 110 of them. There are therefore too few sites available, which means that caravan dwellers have to wait much longer for a home than residents of The Hague seeking social housing. According to the court, this violates human rights. This ruling has far-reaching consequences for all municipalities in the Netherlands. There, too, pitches will have to be added.

Read the Volkskrant article here. Read more about the court case here.

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