The Czech Republic is currently preparing a migrant return program that will offer foreigners up to 4,000 euros to encourage them to return to their country of origin. The program entitled “Return” will be set up by the Ministry of the Interior.
The program targets migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam. Anyone who voluntarily agrees to leave the country and promises not to return not only to the Czech Republic, but also to the EU, will be eligible to receive this money.
This money will be used to finance their transportation and integration costs in their country of origin, including housing and household expenses.
The allocation for this program is CZK 60 million, of which 75% is to be covered by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Each individual could obtain funds ranging from 40,000 to 100,000 CZK.
Similar programs are already under way in other European states and aim to encourage migrants who are not wanted in the country concerned and who would not be granted asylum from. Many migrants who have not been granted asylum or temporary protection avoid deportation.
According to statistics, only 40% of asylum seekers are expelled from the EU. And while the allowance will be a burden on taxpayers, the cost is much lower than that of deportation. The Ministry noted that the detention of illegal residents is particularly costly, which goes hand in hand with administrative procedures and health expenditure.