Britain offers EU citizens financial incentives to leave the country a few months before the deadline to apply for permanent resident status.
This is reported by The Guardian.
According to the publication, since January 1, EU citizens were discreetly added to the government’s voluntary return scheme, gj which offers financial support as an incentive for returning to the country of origin.
Payments can include flights and up to £2,000 for resettlement. The scheme is designed to help some migrants in Britain leave the country of their own volition.
The deadline for Europeans living in Britain to apply for the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) is June 30.
“Some people may decide not to receive status under EUSS and may not want to stay in the UK after the deadline. That’s why we have written to stakeholders to inform them that EEA nationals who wish to leave the UK may now be eligible for support to help them do so under the voluntary return scheme,” said a Home Office spokesperson.
The news comes after research by the Joint Immigrant Welfare Council (JWCI) warned that thousands of key European workers risk losing their legal right to stay in Britain as the country leaves the EU.