150 asylum hotels returned to communities and “we will keep going until the last asylum hotel is closed”

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Home Secretary James Cleverly. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street CC BY 2.0 DEED

Fifty more asylum hotels are due to be closed, building on the closure of the first 100 at the end of March.

The UK Home Office is making significant strides in reducing the reliance on asylum hotels, with plans to close 150 such hotels by the beginning of May.

This initiative aims to alleviate the strain on local communities caused by the influx of asylum seekers and transition to more appropriate and cost-effective accommodation options.

The closure of these hotels marks a substantial reduction in the number of asylum seekers housed in temporary hotel accommodations, with 20,000 fewer individuals than six months ago. This reduction aligns with the government’s commitment to move away from hotel accommodations and explore alternative solutions.

Home Secretary James Cleverly said: 

We promised to end the use of asylum hotels and house asylum seekers at more appropriate, cheaper accommodation; we are doing that at a rapid pace.

These closures deliver on the government’s plan to cut the use of hotels in the asylum system and we will keep going until the last hotel is closed.

The Home Office is actively negotiating with various accommodation providers to secure affordable alternatives, thereby reducing dependence on hotels. Large sites, including former military installations and barges, are being utilised to accommodate asylum seekers, relieving pressure on the private rental market and allowing for greater flexibility in managing fluctuating demand.

Such accommodation relieves pressure on communities and manages asylum seekers in a more appropriate way, bringing the UK in line with the approach taken by other countries in Europe.  

Hotel accommodation, which has cost the British taxpayer more than £8 million a day, has always been intended as a temporary solution to ensure the Home Office meets the statutory obligation to accommodate asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute during a period of unprecedented numbers of small boat arrivals.  

In line with the government’s strategy, discussions are ongoing regarding the future use of RAF Scampton for housing asylum seekers. Efforts are being made to address local concerns and ensure minimal impact on community cohesion.

The government’s approach to reducing illegal migration extends beyond accommodation measures. Collaborative efforts with partner countries, such as Rwanda, aim to deter illegal crossings and intercept vessels, contributing to a 36% reduction in small boat crossings last year. Public awareness campaigns are also being conducted to discourage individuals from embarking on dangerous migration journeys.

Overall, the Home Office’s initiatives demonstrate a comprehensive approach to managing asylum accommodation, reducing costs, and addressing the broader challenges associated with illegal migration.

Government action to crack down on criminals, deter migrants from making dangerous crossings and, alongside our French counterparts, intercept vessels, saw a reduction in small boat crossings by 36% last year. The government also continues to run campaigns to deter would-be migrants from beginning perilous journeys.

Source: Home OfficeTom Pursglove MP, and The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP

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  1. Just another load of wind, from the Tories. You could stop the boats if you stopped collecting the migrants in the channel. If the Border Farce can bring them to England, they can as easily return them to the safe country of France, where they came from. You can stop giving them all the benefits, which just encourages them to come and you can wake up and stop thinking the world thinks you are wonderful for taking all the terrorists in. They don’t, they laugh at you.
    You are warning British that work and live in Dubai, Saudi Arabia etc, to on their guard against terrorist attacks, whilst freely allowing Terrorists to enter Britain. You are one mixed up bunch and the sooner Reform get in power, the better.

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