Ministry of Interior says over 1,800 foreigners taken up repatriation offer

The Czech Ministry of Interior has announced that 1,819 applications have been made under its scheme to help unemployed foreigners return home. The offer of free flights home as well as 500 euros was offered to foreigners who had lost their jobs with the aim of encouraging them to leave rather than stay in the country and work illegally. Mongolians have so far been the biggest group to take up the offer with 1,186 applications made, followed by Uzbeks with 282 and Vietnamese with 228. An amended version of the offer will be widened to foreigners working illegally in the country from September.

Author: Chris Johnstone