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According to The Guardian, citizens of the European Union wishing to leave the United Kingdom can receive a “stimulus” from the island’s government. The rule came into effect as early as 1 January, but the British government didn’t hit it on the big drum. There had been a similar initiative before, except that the beneficiaries were not European Union citizens. The current program, known as “voluntary return”, is run by the British government website In the event of a positive evaluation, immigrants wishing to leave the country voluntarily may be awarded a free airline ticket or up to 2,000 pounds (812,000 HUF) in cash.

The timing is also interesting, as this opportunity did not open until a few months before the end of the resettlement program for citizens of the European Economic Area (European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). If citizens of those countries were living in the UK before December 31, they were given the opportunity to apply for a residence permit until June 30 of this year. At your request he is. It’s strange, then, that a program to encourage them to leave began a few months before it was even completed.

The question arises as to whether citizens of the European Union or the European Economic Area have become unwanted to the United Kingdom. The voluntary return program has so far sought to achieve the return of unskilled, often displaced persons from the third world, which has essentially sought to shorten the financial costs and time to conduct the return. The current move is particularly interesting in light of the fact that the British government has previously stated that it will do all it can to preserve European Union citizens. According to Benjamin Morgan, an expert on the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, at least this is a double-edged sword, as it encourages those concerned not to stay but rather to leave the island country.

The position is further emphasized by the fact that a large proportion of EU citizens who are entitled to settle in principle are not aware of the fast-track application deadline approach, otherwise their stay in the UK may become suspect and even threaten deportation. The whole situation is almost tragic, with many EU citizens in particular working in the already overburdened British public health service, and their stay in an island nation severely affected by the Covid pandemic will be very important.

The JCWI (Joint Committee for Immigrant Welfare) has also spoken out about immigrants’ rights on the topic, and has called for the deadline for EU / EAA citizens to apply for incorporation to be canceled. According to a study by the organization, a third of EU citizens working in healthcare were not aware that there was a deadline for applying for incorporation, and even less, that deadline is about to expire. Additionally, some people working in this sector are not specifically a skilled workforce, and many of them work as caregivers and auxiliary nurses, for example, but their work will be very important. Meaning if they knew the right to the settlement in principle and how to apply for it.

It’s not just EU citizens living in the UK who worry about the tangles of travel, accommodation and other regulations that come with Brexit: Elton John recently expressed concern about future concert tours of British musicians in the European Union, for which he also wrote An open letter. Of course, the above is just a drop in the sea among the hardships associated with Brexit, but given Hungarian citizens working and studying collectively in the UK, the thing is definitely worth paying attention to.

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