Previous suggestions involving the use of holiday camps and
student halls were less likely to be brought into action, the
The government has signalled it wants to end the use of hotels
as asylum seeker accommodation.
“We have always been upfront about the unprecedented pressure
being placed on our asylum system, brought about by a
significant increase in dangerous and illegal journeys into the
country," a Home Office (interior ministry) spokesperson said.
“We continue to work across government and with local
authorities to identify a range of accommodation options."
Earlier this month, the government set out details of a new law
barring the entry of asylum seekers arriving in small boats
across the Channel, a proposal some charities say could be
impractical and criminalise the efforts of thousands of genuine
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made stopping boat arrivals a key
priority after the number of migrants arriving on the English
south coast soared to 45,000 last year, up 500% in the last two
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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