Britain has set up a fund of £43m to help people arriving in the UK from Hong Kong

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Britain has set up a fund of £43m to help people arriving in the UK from Hong Kong

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It has emerged that Britain has set up a fund of 43 million pounds has been set up to help people arriving from Hong Kong find employment, houses and schools as part of the government initiative that will allow millions from Hong Kong to resettle after China’s new security laws in the former British colony.

The move saw Britain offering to open its doors to potentially more than 5 million people. The move offers the chance to live and work in Britain and eventually apply for citizenship. The bulk of the financial support offered today will be spent by the local government on programmes to help with English language support and housing costs for the new arrivals. In addition to this, the government will also launch 12 virtual regional offices to provide help with tasks such as registering for healthcare and schools.

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The communities minister Robert Jenrick has said: “This programme will ensure British National (Overseas) status holders and their families have the very best start as soon as they arrive, and support to help them find a home, schools for their children, opportunity and prosperity”.

Britain had made the offer to the citizens of Hong Kong as it argues that the Chinese-imposed security laws and democratic reforms in Hong Kong have violated the terms of the agreement that saw the semi-autonomous city handed back to China in 1997. UNN’s Oliver Down understands that since the Visa scheme launch in January, around 27,000 people had applied for the new visa as of March 19. However, the government forecasts between 258,000 and 322,000 applicants over five years.

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