Nearly 280 foreigners sign up for voluntary repatriation scheme in West Bohemia

Nearly 280 foreigners who have lost their jobs in light of the economic crisis in the Czech Republic have signed up at the foreigner’s police in Western Bohemia to take part in the government’s voluntary repatriation scheme, it was revealed on Tuesday. The majority of those who have signed up for the scheme, which offers participants a flight ticket home and 500 euros to cover expenses, are Mongolian nationals, a police spokesperson said in Plzeň. Since the scheme was unveiled in February, nearly 1,500 foreigners have signed up for repatriation. According to the news website Novinky.cz, the Czech government envisaged around 2,000 people participating in the programme. Outgoing Interior Minister Ivan Langer has asked for more funds so as to enlarge the scheme.

Author: Rosie Johnston