‘Simply offering a sum of money will not convince people to go back. It’s futile,’ says refugee charity worker.
The French government is offering €2,500 to refugees who “voluntarily” leave and return to their own countries if they do so before the end of the year.
The Office for Immigration and Integration in France (OFII) has presented the offer as “a form of compensation” for refugees and migrants who have made the journey to Europe, saying they are eligible for the payment if they leave the country before 31 December.
The offer, branded as an “incentive” by immigration officials, reportedly comes with a series of added benefits including a paid-for air fare and the opportunity for some refugees to be granted up to €10,000 of financial aid in setting up employment when they return.