EU citizens are being offered financial incentives to leave the UK, according to the Guardian.
From January 1st, EU citizens have quietly been added to the government’s voluntary return schemes.
Payments can contain flights and up to £2,000 resettlement money. This scheme is designed to encourage migrants in the UK to return to their country of origin.
People working to help vulnerable EU citizens in the UK said the offer of money to return home contradicted the government’s claim that it was doing everything it could to encourage people to register for settled status.
The deadline for Europeans living in the UK to apply for the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) is 30 June.
Benjamin Morgan, who runs the EU homeless rights project at the Public Interest Law Centre, said: “It is clear from our casework that some of the most vulnerable EU citizens are yet to resolve their status. Barriers to application and delays in Home Office decision-making remain significant factors.