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Report: Britain seeks to transfer migrants from hotels to military bases


Sky News reported today, Saturday, that plans for the British government to move migrants from hotels to military bases or even abandoned ferries are expected to be announced within weeks.

The report said previous proposals to use holiday camps and student hostels to house migrants were not likely to be implemented.

The government has indicated that it wants to end the use of hotels to house asylum seekers.

Police search illegal immigrants who arrived by sea in England (archive)

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are always vocal about the unprecedented pressure our asylum system is under, which has resulted from a huge increase in risky and illegal journeys into the country.”

“We continue to work at government level and with local authorities to define a range of accommodation options,” he added.

And earlier this month, the government detailed a new law banning entry to asylum seekers arriving in small boats across the English Channel, a proposal some charities say could be impractical and criminalize the attempts of thousands of asylum seekers.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made stopping boats a major priority after the number of migrants arriving on England’s south coast rose by 500 percent in two years to 45,000 last year.

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