Authorities in Amsterdam are tackling the problem of nuisance neighbours whose extremely anti-social behaviour makes the life of those around them unbearable. The worst offenders will face eviction and be moved to supervised special isolated areas where they will be housed in caravans or shipping containers.
According to the Telegraph
the new punishment camps have been dubbed "scum housing" after Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) suggested such a scheme last year. Wilders recommended:
"Repeat offenders should be forcibly removed from their neighbourhood and sent to a village for scum. Put all the trash together."
More than 13,000 complaints regarding anti-social behaviour are made to Amsterdam police each year, NDTV
Tahira Limon, spokeswoman for Amsterdam's mayor Eberhard van der Laan said:
"It happens that people are intimidated, persecuted by their neighbour and find themselves in such an unbearable situation that they decide to move. That's an upside-down world.
We feel that it is the people behind the intimidation who are really unacceptable, and not the victims who must leave their homes. We're talking here about really extreme cases that cannot be resolved any other way."
Another spokesperson for the mayor, Bartho Boer, explained the housing plan is to protect the victims of abuse and homophobia from harassment, the Guardian
The scum housing is only intended as a temporary home for the anti-social, who will be found more suitable accommodation after six months if they have mended their ways.
The project will begin in 2013 and is the second controversial housing decision to be made by authorities in Amsterdam. A project to provide specially adapted Halal homes
for Muslim tenants at public expense has attracted criticism.