Hotel migrants in Kent all claim to be children to get better rooms and education

Each of the illegal migrants being housed in a hotel on the Kent coast is said to have told officials they are under 18.

Reports from last week showed that all 43 rooms at the Stade Court Hotel in Hythe have been booked by the Home Office until September for arrivals crossing the Channel from France.

NHS staff carried out Covid-19 checks at the hotel yesterday as migrants who had ended their quarantine period walked to the nearby beach.

Migrants who claimed to be under 18 told The Mail on Sunday that they were sharing rooms. Both the migrant charity Care4Calais and locals in Hythe said the hotel only accommodates minors.

Each of the illegal migrants housed in a hotel on the Kent coast is said to have told officials they are under 18. Pictured: Inflatable vessel carrying migrants in England’s Chanel on July 22, 2021

Last month, Ms Patel pledged to crack down on migrants posing as children after it was found that nearly two-thirds of migrants who claimed to be children in 2018 were judged to be adults. Child migrants may qualify for better housing and education.

Nearly 1,200 migrants arrived by boat last week, bringing the number of migrants who have crossed the Channel into the UK this year to more than 8,900.

According to the analysis results published yesterday, the government is bracing itself to cross up to 22,000 people by boat before the end of the year.

It comes as Home Office and Border Guard officials told The Mail on Sunday of their frustration at the ‘impossible’ demands of political leaders, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, to halt the flow of border crossings. . Sources said officials have repeatedly told ministers there is little more that can be done under existing laws to stop the flow.

Ms Patel has also annoyed senior officials with her public statements about crossing migrant boats, including a promise two years ago that there would be a “significant reduction” in arrivals by spring 2020.

Reports from last week showed that all 43 rooms at the Stade Court Hotel in Hythe have been booked by the Home Office until September for arrivals crossing the Channel from France.

Reports from last week showed that all 43 rooms at the Stade Court Hotel in Hythe have been booked by the Home Office until September for arrivals crossing the Channel from France.

Meanwhile, claims that French authorities could increase the number of small boat interceptions by “reinterpreting the law of the sea” have been met with disbelief by British officials.

A senior border guard said: ‘The rulers, the politicians, have asked for the impossible. It’s rolling downhill and we’ve pushed back considerably, which has been challenging for the past three months.

“As for interceptions… the problem you have is the law of the sea. Every sailor has a responsibility to every seafarer, and it is the busiest shipping route in the world.’

The officer added: ‘Boats are not designed to make that crossing and so every element of law enforcement has to be as careful as possible.

‘So if they’ [small boats] don’t yield to a French warship, what can a French warship do, because if they intercept that boat, it will sink.’ Ms Patel announced last week that French authorities would receive a further £54 million to bolster patrols and surveillance along the 75km coastline from Boulogne to Dunkirk and around Dieppe.

The money — on top of the £28 million handed over to the French in October — would increase daily patrols by up to 200 officers after more than 7,500 migrants were stopped from crossing this year, up from 2,600 last year.

But the plan has been criticized, with French politicians warning it will do nothing to delay crossings, for which migrants usually pay smugglers between £1,700 and £4,000 per person.

Franck Dhersin, the mayor of Teteghem in Dunkerque, said: ‘Donating tens of millions of euros to increase police numbers and provide more sophisticated investigative methods will not solve the problem.

NHS staff carried out Covid-19 checks at the hotel yesterday as migrants who had ended their quarantine period walked to the nearby beach

NHS staff carried out Covid-19 checks at the hotel yesterday as migrants who had ended their quarantine period walked to the nearby beach

“Arresting a few petty gangster smugglers won’t solve anything and networks will reform within days or weeks of arrests.

“The overlords of the trade-controlling London-based mafia trade with impunity and launder the proceeds of their ruthless trade to clubs, restaurants and luxury properties in London.”

Enver Solomon, of the Refugee Council, said: “It is important to remember that the men, women and children who board thin boats to cross one of the world’s busiest and most dangerous shipping channels are ordinary people, who are extraordinary measures to achieve safety.’

An interior ministry source defended Ms Patel’s earlier statements, claiming that the number of migrants crossing would be significantly reduced. The interior minister had unveiled new laws earlier this month to address the problem, she added.

The Nationality and Borders Bill increases the maximum prison sentence for illegally entering Britain from six months to four years.

The source said: “No one is more frustrated than Priti with the situation, so we have introduced new groundbreaking legislation to regulate small boat crossings.”

Dan O’Mahoney, the government’s Clandestine Channel Threat Commander, said: ‘There has been an unacceptable increase in the number of dangerous small boat crossings across the Channel due to an increase in illegal migration across Europe.

“We make no apologies for leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to tackle the ruthless criminals driving this activity.”

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