The UK Government has announced changes to the delivery of its ‘enhanced assisted voluntary return’ package for Zimbabwe.
In short, instead of providing extra ‘in kind’ assistance for business set-up, cash payments will now be phased in over a six-month period. This will support economic reform in Zimbabwe, enabling people to return voluntarily and use their skills to support change and help rebuild Zimbabwe with capital behind them.
The scheme is being extended until 31 December 2009, after which the continued need for an enhanced package will be reviewed.
Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:
‘The British government takes its international responsibilities seriously, and we will continue to grant protection to those Zimbabweans that need it.
‘The situation in Zimbabwe is improving under the Inclusive Government, and we will be looking to normalise our returns policy progressively as and when the political situation develops.
‘We will continue to provide assistance to those who choose to return voluntarily – enabling people to support themselves and rebuild Zimbabwe, which hundreds of Zimbabweans who have already safely returned voluntarily are doing.’
Details of the changes are set out in a written ministerial statement by Phil Woolas, which you can download from the UKBA website.
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