By Marcus Carlsen Häggrot
Ethnopolitics 20 (3)

Should British authorities provide the traditionally nomadic Gypsy Travellers with caravan sites so that they may conserve an itinerant way of life? This article addresses the question from a distinctively moral perspective. It shows that public site provision is not supported by the influential minority rights theory of Kymlicka, but can be justified with an argument from expropriatory compensation. This affirms that nineteenth and twentieth century legal reforms have expropriated Gypsy Travellers of their historic rights to temporarily halt in various locations and that public caravan sites are an appropriate way to effect the compensation that such an expropriation requires.



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