Source Title: included in the voluntary return program! Britain encourages EU people to leave
[Global Times reporter Zhen Xiang] after brexit, the status of EU citizens in the UK has become a problem. EU citizens have been quietly included in the British government’s so-called “voluntary return program” since January 1, the Guardian reported on the 26th. In order to encourage EU citizens to leave the UK voluntarily to return to their home country, the British government will even provide them with free departure flights and a maximum relocation fee of 2000 pounds.
According to the British government, the so-called “voluntary return” refers to allowing those who violate immigration laws to return to their home country in an optional form. Before brexit, citizens of EU countries can live, live and work in the UK freely. However, after brexit, citizens of EU member states need to apply for British settlement status before June 30 this year, which is the so-called “EU settlement scheme”;.
The Brussels Times said that although the British government had previously said it would do its best to ensure that people understand the scheme, a survey of 295 EU citizens working in the UK by an immigration rights agency found that one third of them did not understand the “EU settlement scheme” launched by the British government for EU citizens; And one third of the people didn’t know there was a deadline to apply for the scheme. In addition, Benjamin & middot; Morgan, who is in charge of the EU homeless rights program at the UK public interest law center, said that many of the most vulnerable residents in the UK and the EU have not been able to solve the problem of settlement status, and the key factors are & quot; blocked applications and delayed decision-making by the home affairs department & quot;. This means that a large number of EU citizens may not be able to obtain legal residence in the UK in time.
In this context, some people doubt that the British government does not really protect the interests of EU citizens in the UK. At this time, it is intended to offer money to encourage EU citizens to leave the UK, which is contrary to the spirit of the EU settlement plan, causing a lot of controversy.
A British government spokesman responded that some EU citizens may not want to stay in the UK. That’s why they can now get help from the voluntary return program. &”According to the report, the plan now covers EU citizens who immigrate to the rest of the world in the UK. Forster, Secretary of state for future border and immigration affairs at the home office, criticized the report as partial, saying that nearly 4.9 million EU citizens have applied for the “EU settlement scheme” and encouraged eligible EU citizens to apply for residence in the UK before the deadline.