Two hotels used by the Department of Interior to accommodate child migrants on the east coast are fully booked
Two hotels used by the Home Office to accommodate underage migrants on the east coast are fully booked to continue to meet demand, amid record numbers of asylum seekers crossing the Channel in dinghies
- Two hotels used to house migrant children are fully booked
- Three-star South Coast sites have moved on to secure additional accommodation for record-breaking asylum seekers crossing the Channel
- It could mean a six-figure bill for the taxpayer as some rooms can cost £200 a night
Two hotels used to accommodate underage migrants are fully booked by the interior ministry until the end of the year.
The three-star properties on the south coast have advanced to provide additional accommodation for the record numbers of asylum seekers crossing the Channel in dinghies.
It could mean a six-figure bill for the taxpayer, as some rooms can cost upwards of £200 a night.
The blockage came as MPs spoke of “shocking conditions” in a cramped office space in Dover, where newcomers are held for days until they can find homes elsewhere.
A group of migrants from Napier Barracks walk along the seafront at the Oyo Stade Court Hotel, Hythe, Near Folkestone, Kent
A view of the Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, used by the Government to house people seeking asylum in the UK
More than 9,000 migrants have made the treacherous journey across the Channel this year.
As many as 56 would-be refugees were transferred to the Langfords Hotel in Hove, East Sussex last week.
Brighton & Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty said they were “deeply concerned” that the Home Office had given them less than 24 hours notice of the hotel’s block booking.
The Oyo Stade Court Hotel in Kent is also fully booked by the Home Office until the end of the year.
The government is urging unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and family groups to be a priority at the Kent Intake Unit in Dover and received by social services as soon as possible.