Over 3,100 asylum seekers have returned home voluntarily from Austria so far this year, although experts say they are not motivated by money offered by the government to leave.

Since April, the government has offered €500 in cash to asylum seekers from countries including Afghanistan, Morocco, Iraq, and Nigeria if they return home voluntarily within the first three months of their asylum application.

Those who leave within six months get €250, and after six months, they get €50. No figures have been released so far about the number of people who have accepted the offer of cash, although the government has confirmed the number of voluntarily returns this year has reached 3,195.

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