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Asylum Seekers Are Offered 2,000 Cash To Go Home (UK)
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-13-2006 | John Steele

Posted on 01/12/2006 6:51:03 PM PST by blam

Asylum seekers are offered £2,000 cash to go home

By John Steele
(Filed: 13/01/2006)

Thousands of asylum seekers are to be offered millions of pounds in cash to return to their home countries under a scheme announced yesterday by the Home Office.

The Government expects to spend about £6 million over six months encouraging around 3,000 refugees, who have been refused permission to stay or are awaiting decisions, to return home.

As an incentive, they will be offered up to £2,000 cash and a further £1,000 worth of help "in kind" for reintegration, to fund education or training. A pilot scheme will make the cash available to those who agree to leave in the six months between this month and June.

The Home Office is advertising the scheme to 54,000 people receiving benefits and accommodation from the National Asylum Support Service and will publicise it in asylum detention and reporting centres.

Tony McNulty, the immigration minister, said in a written statement to the Commons that "all those who leave under this scheme will be offered an additional £2,000 which they can choose to take as either additional reintegration assistance or cash grants.

"This offer will be available only to those who leave between Jan 1 and June 30, 2006, and no one who made an application for asylum after Dec 31, 2005, will be eligible.

"It is anticipated that such an offer could increase the number of predicted returns from about 1,950 to over 3,000 for the six-month period."

Mr McNulty added that the £3,000 cost per person was "good value for money" compared with the £11,000 average cost of a forced deportation.

The lobby group, Migration Watch, warned that the scheme might attract people to apply for asylum in order to get the cash. Sir Andrew Green, the group's chairman, said: "The Government is clearly desperate to improve its removal figures, even at the risk of encouraging or stimulating further illegal immigration in the future."

David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said: "This may be a sensible move but it has largely been brought about by the Government's failure to deport failed asylum seekers."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2000; asylum; cash; go; home; offered; seekers

1 posted on 01/12/2006 6:51:05 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

So if I go to London and ask for asylum, they'll give me a couple thousand pounds to go away? Good deal!


2 posted on 01/12/2006 6:56:25 PM PST by RedRover (See you in Piccadilly!)
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To: blam

I hope we lock the doors -- because we don't want them to come into the U.S.


3 posted on 01/12/2006 6:56:46 PM PST by i_dont_chat
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To: RedRover

Dear Mr. Blair,

I need political asylum in the Mother Country. My Anglophile views are not tolerated in my homeland, North Carolina, and I fear for my safety.

But, for $3000 or so, I think I may be convinced to tough it out.

Please advise,
krb


4 posted on 01/12/2006 7:01:01 PM PST by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: blam
Image hosted by Photobucket.com decisions decisions... L3000 to go back to that sh!thole i came from or welfare in the land of milk and honey for the rest of my friggin life...??? DUH, WELFARE!!!
5 posted on 01/12/2006 7:04:10 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: blam

What moron came up with this scheme??


6 posted on 01/12/2006 7:04:18 PM PST by kimosabe31
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To: RedRover

Sounds like a paid vacation, yes?


7 posted on 01/12/2006 7:05:53 PM PST by LNewman
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To: LNewman

8 posted on 01/12/2006 7:26:18 PM PST by RedRover (Tally ho to Ipswich!)
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To: RedRover

Hey, that's great.


9 posted on 01/12/2006 7:34:55 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

If we could pay $5,000 each for illegal aliens to leave, it would be money well spent.


10 posted on 01/12/2006 7:38:35 PM PST by MRMEAN (Corruptisima republica plurimae leges. -- Tacitus)
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To: RedRover

TALLY HO! :)


11 posted on 01/12/2006 7:55:37 PM PST by LNewman
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To: blam

I sometimes wonder what I could accomplish if I ever got out of my pajamas. Cheers!


12 posted on 01/12/2006 8:07:05 PM PST by RedRover
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