Voluntary repatriation scheme to cover illegal immigrants as of September

The Czech Interior Ministry’s voluntary repatriation scheme will be extended to cover illegal immigrants as of September 14, a ministry spokesperson said on Monday. So far, 1871 people have taken part in the government’s repatriation scheme, which offered foreigners recently made redundant in this country a free plane ticket home and a lump sum of 500 euros. The illegal aliens who choose to take part in the scheme will in some cases have to pay for their own transport home, and will subsequently be banned from the Czech Republic for up to three years. The Interior Ministry has said previously that the controversial project is to help reduce the risk of crime committed by unemployed foreigners in the Czech Republic.

Author: Rosie Johnston