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EU-funded expatriated students, students in crisis, govt says

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European Union funds expatriations of students and researchers at universities and research centres, as well as expatriating employees of those institutions.

The funding is expected to help those students and scholars who need international training or who are not in the EU, or who otherwise cannot study in Europe.

But the EU’s funding mechanism also covers expatriators who have been in the bloc for five years or more.

According to the European Commission, EU funding for the expatriator includes €4.2bn ($5.2) per year.

However, that figure does not include expatriats who remain in the Union after five years.

The EU’s European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said it would continue to provide assistance to those expatriat students and their dependents who have arrived in the country after their residency permits expire.

“We are aware that many students, researchers and professionals are left in limbo because of this funding,” EASO spokesperson Margrethe Boesing said.

“In the short term, we will continue to work with EU Member States to find solutions for those students, research scholars and others in need.”

The EU has also provided some aid to some expatriATEs in their home countries.

The Commission says it has provided €3.2m ($4.3m) to help support more than 6,500 expatriatives since the end of May 2016.

The EASA, meanwhile, said it had paid out €1.6m ($1.9m) in 2016 for students who had arrived in Ireland since the beginning of the year.

But it has not provided any further assistance to expatriATES in their countries of origin.

The European Union, however, is currently seeking to open a “European centre for expatriative students”, which will help the ex-EEA students and workers find work.

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