France is offering Muslim migrants €2,500 to voluntarily return home. The offer, which is only valid till December 31, 2016 is meant to “significantly increase the number of aided voluntary departures” following the demolition of the notorious ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais.
RT The government has temporarily decided to “raise to €2,500 ($2,700) the maximum amount of return aid” to foreigners (excepting those from the European Union or visa-exempt countries) who agree to voluntarily return to their home country, said Didier Leschi, the head of France’s immigration office, as cited by AFP.
In addition to having their air fare paid for, migrants will also be eligible to receive “up to €10,000” ($10,600) in financial aid to help them get set up on arriving home. “Depending on the country, it can help them start up a small business,” Leschi noted.
This exceptional offer comes after the ‘Jungle’ camp, a makeshift shelter in Calais housing thousands of African and the Middle Eastern migrants, was demolished last month, forcing the evacuation of some 7,000 asylum seekers that then had to be accommodated at refugee centers throughout the country.
All in all, the immigration office aided some 3,051 returns this year, and “we are going to make it around 4,500 by the end of the year, that is to say almost as much as last year,” Leschi said ( a drop in the bucket), adding that Afghans migrants are “probably the most interested.
According to RT France, up to 3,000 Muslims are currently livng on the streets of the French capital, many of whom have recently arrived from the Calais.