According to the Guardian, EU citizens wishing to leave the UK can get an “incentive” from the island government. The rule went into effect as early as 1 January, but the British government didn’t beat it to the big drum. There was a similar initiative before, except that the beneficiaries were not EU citizens. The current programme, known as “voluntary return”, is run by the British government website In the case of a positive evaluation, a free air ticket or up to £2,000 (812,000 HUF) in cash may be given to migrants wishing to leave the country voluntarily.
The timing is also interesting, since this opportunity opened only a few months before the end of the resettlement program for citizens of the European Economic Area (EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). If nationals of those countries lived in the UK before December 31, they were given the opportunity to apply for a residence permit until June 30 this year. At your request He is. So it is strange that a program to encourage them to leave begins a few months before it is completed.
The question arises as to whether citizens of the European Union or the European Economic Area have become unwelcome to the United Kingdom. The voluntary return program has so far sought to return unskilled, and often displaced, migrants from the Third World, which has primarily sought to shorten the financial costs and time of the return process. The current move is particularly interesting in light of the fact that the British government has previously stated that it will do everything in its power to keep EU citizens in place. According to Benjamin Morgan, an expert on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, this is at least a double-edged sword, as it encourages those involved not to stay but to leave the island country.
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The situation is further complicated by the fact that a large proportion of EU nationals who are entitled to settle in principle are not familiar with the fast approach to the application deadline, otherwise their stay in the UK may be called into question and even threatened with deportation. The whole situation is almost tragic, with many EU citizens in particular working for the already overburdened British public health service, and their stay in an island nation hard hit by the Covid pandemic would be very important.
The JCWI (Joint Commission on Immigrant Welfare) on immigrants’ rights has also spoken out on the subject, and called for the deadline for EU/EAA citizens to apply for incorporation to be abolished. According to a study by the organisation, a third of EU citizens working in healthcare were unaware that there was a deadline for submitting incorporation applications, and even less, that deadline was about to expire. In addition, some people working in this sector are not specifically a skilled workforce, and many work as caregivers and assistant nurses, for example, but their work will be very important. I mean, if they knew the right to a settlement in principle and how to apply for it.
It’s not just EU citizens living in the UK who have to worry about the tangles of travel, accommodation and other regulations that come with Brexit: Elton John, for example, recently expressed concern about future concert tours for British musicians in the UK. European Union. interest, regarding the drafting of an open letter as well. Of course, the above is just one exit from the hardships associated with Brexit. student However, given the Hungarian citizens, it definitely deserves attention.
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