Historical sources in the Swiss Federal Archives on the problematic handling of a transient population by the state and society.
Stateless people and travellers were viewed as a politico-social and a policing problem far into the 20th century. Representatives of a civil, residential society tried to force them to settle down, take on steady jobs and ensure their children attended school regularly. The welfare foundation "Pro Juventute" and its "Relief organisation for vagabond children" played an important role in these "re-education measures".
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