100th asylum hotel set to close next week

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Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. Picture by Rory Arnold / No 10 Downing Street CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

The government’s plan to reduce reliance on asylum hotels and transition asylum seekers to more sustainable accommodation is making significant progress, with the announcement that the 100th asylum hotel will be closed by the end of March.

This milestone marks a substantial reduction in the number of asylum seekers accommodated in hotels, with 20,000 fewer individuals housed in hotels compared to six months ago.

This reduction, amounting to 36%, demonstrates the effectiveness of the government’s efforts to address the challenge of small boat arrivals and minimize the use of temporary hotel accommodations.

Home Secretary James Cleverly emphasised that the closure of these hotels and the return of asylum seekers to their local communities align with the government’s commitment to manage asylum accommodation more efficiently. The move also reflects a strategic shift towards maximizing bed spaces in existing asylum facilities, such as large sites and the private rented sector.

Home Secretary James Cleverly said: 

Five months ago, we promised to reduce the use of hotels, return them to their local communities and resume their ordinary use. Today is proof that our plan to stop the boats, maximise efficiencies across the asylum accommodation estate and move asylum seekers to more sustainable accommodation is working.

Efforts to negotiate with accommodation providers to secure cost-effective alternatives aim to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers and alleviate pressure on local communities.

Large sites, including former military facilities and barges, offer increased capacity and flexibility in accommodating fluctuations in demand, contributing to a more sustainable asylum accommodation strategy.

Beyond addressing accommodation challenges, the government says it remains steadfast in its commitment to combat illegal migration by implementing measures to deter dangerous crossings and intercept vessels.

Collaborative efforts with international partners, such as Rwanda, seek to deter individuals from embarking on perilous journeys to the UK.

Data to the end of March 2024 will be published in the quarterly Immigration System Statistics.

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  1. We want deportations NOT immigration. Mass immigration has ruined this country and costs our hard pressed tax payers millions.

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