The British government is trying to cut the £6.8 million a day (about €7.7 million) it spends on keeping migrants in hotels
The British government will house immigrants that cross the English Channel irregularly on military baseswhile considering even taking them on ships, Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick said Wednesday.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak he has made dealing with immigration a priority of his government and has presented a bill which provides for the immediate deportation of all those who arrive in the country illegally, mainly through the English Channel.
Jenrick unveiled the plan, which would see asylum seekers housed in two camps in the south-east and east of England, as the government tries to cut the £6.8m-a-day (around €7.7m) cost , which she spends, as she reports, on the accommodation of immigrants in hotels.
However, these plans have already provoked reactions from human rights protection organizations and even from within the government. Foreign Secretary James Cleverley criticized the proposal to use a military base in his constituency of Essex.
Genrick also added that ministers were considering using “ships” to house migrants, citing the fact that the Scottish government is using a ship docked in Glasgow to house refugees from Ukraine.
The Refugee Council said it was “deeply concerned” about the plans, adding that barracks accommodation was “completely inappropriate” for the needs of asylum seekers.
Sunak told his cabinet on Tuesday that the cost of using hotels and the pressure it puts on local communities means it is not unsustainable.
At the same time, the British Prime Minister stressed that children cannot be excluded from the plan to arrest irregular migrants crossing the Channel, in order to avoid creating a factor of attraction for migrants.
Council of Europe human rights commissioner Dunia Mijatovic earlier this week asked British MPs to oppose the government’s irregular immigration bill, saying it was “inconsistent” with the country’s “international obligations”.
The bill, which is backed by many Conservative MPs but criticized by rights groups such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, would see migrants who enter Britain illegally be sent back to their countries of origin or to a “safe third country”. such as Rwanda, based on an agreement that London has already signed with this African country.
At the same time, illegal immigrants who are caught will be banned from entering Britain for life.
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