Yes, it\’s Bribery

And money well spent from what I can see:

The unwanted foreigners, who had no legal right to remain, were given free flights, handed £1,000 in cash at the airport, then paid a further £3,000 to start enterprises in their homelands.

More than 23,000 migrants have taken advantage of the scheme. Their UK-funded businesses range from market stalls to hotels and clothes factories, in countries as far-flung as South Africa, China and Colombia.

Ministers say that paying failed asylum seekers to leave is cheaper than forcibly deporting them, saving money for taxpayers. However, the Tories last night condemned the payouts as "bribes".

It costs less (£4k to £11k) to set people up in a market stall or some such in their destination than it does to forcibly remove them from here. So on a pragmatic basis it makes sense. And, of course, we\’ve also created 23,000 (whether they\’re all still going is another matter) small businesses across the world.

3 thoughts on “Yes, it\’s Bribery”

  1. Isn’t this the same principle as the article about setting the homeless up in houses? You could make the same argument that this will encourage more economic migrants to claim asylum, as this makes it impossible for them to lose.

    Tim adds: Indeed, I was thinking that as I was writing the post. My thought was that getting the documents, plus the airfare, or having yourself smuggled in, costs more than the grant you get when you voluntarily leave. So I don’t think it will act as an incentive to try and get here, but might as one to leave once caught.

  2. Paying people to go home and re-settle there? Wasn’t that a suggestion of Enoch Powell’s in the famous (misquoted) “rivers of blood” speech? He applied it to any immigrant, not just those without a legal right to remain.
    I haven’t noticed the same storm of protest this time round, though.

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