Asylum seekers to be housed on barges and in on military bases

Illegal migrants are to be housed on large ferries and barges in a move to get them out of hotels

Asylum seekers are to be housed on large barges and military bases while their claims are heard, the Government will announce today.

Immigration minister Robert Jenrick will say the plans are an attempt to tackle the estimated £6.2m daily cost of housing the migrants in hotels while their claims are processed.

Rishi Sunak told his Cabinet on Tuesday the cost of hotels was putting pressure on local areas and was unsustainable.

People arriving in the UK on small boats will be sent to at RAF bases at Wethersfield and Scampton, but barges and ferries are unlikely to be used immediately as none have been purchased yet.

The plans are likely to be controversial, with Foreign Secretary James Cleverly having already criticised suggestions a base in his Essex constituency would be used.

The Refugee Council has said it is “deeply concerned” by the plans, claiming the suggested accommodation is “entirely unsuitable” to the needs of asylum seekers.

Enver Solomon, the charity’s chief executive, said: “These sites are wholly inadequate places to house vulnerable men, women and children who have come to our country in search of safety.

"We must ensure that people fleeing war, conflict and persecution can access safe, dignified, and appropriate accommodation while in the UK asylum system.

“They are also unworkable and will add yet more cost and chaos to the system.”

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