- The government of Czech Republic has said that it would pay Nigerian migrants to leave its country and never return
- It was gathered that the gesture is being run by the country’s interior ministry under a programme tagged ‘Returns’
- The migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam would also benefit from the programme, according to the report
The Czech Republic has promised to pay immigrants from Nigeria and five other countries to leave the country and never return.
Remix, a newspaper based in Czech Republic, reports that the gesture is being run by the country’s interior ministry under a programme tagged ‘Returns.’
Legit.ng gathered that the report said the country has promised to pay Nigerian immigrants and their counterparts from Afghanistan, Iraq, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam if they voluntarily decide to leave.
“Each individual could get funds ranging between 40,000 and 100,000 CZK. First funded returns should be processed in the third quarter of 2019.
“The programme focuses particularly on migrants. Anyone who voluntarily leaves the country and promises not to return not only to the Czech Republic but to the EU, will be eligible for the money.
“Returns is supposed to help them fund transportation costs and integration in their country of origin including accommodation, household equipment or domestic animal expenses”, the report read
Remix further quoted the Czech Republic interior ministry as saying the programme will be suitable for all categories of foreigners, including those, “legally in the country, illegals and asylum seekers.”
“Allocation for the programme amounts to 60 million CZK, 75 percent is to be covered from the European Asylum, migration and integration fund. Each individual could get funds ranging between 40,000 and 100,000 CZK. First funded returns should be processed in the third quarter of 2019.
It was gathered that the similar programmes were already underway in other European states and they aim to encourage migrants, who are unwanted in the respective country and would not be granted asylum to leave. Many migrants who weren’t granted asylum nor temporary protection avoid deportation.
Statistically, only 40 percent of rejected asylum seekers are deported from the EU. And while the allocation will be a burden for the taxpayers, the cost is by far less than deportation would.
The ministry was quoted to have said that especially detention of illegals is extremely costly, which goes hand-in-hand with administrative procedures and healthcare expenses.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said migrants, as human beings, are entitled to their fundamental human rights.
Buhari expressed this view while declaring open the 2018 National Migration Dialogue at the State House Banquet Hall, on Monday, December 17, in Abuja.
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