Migrants ‘stay in four-star hotel rooms at £ 125 a night for taxpayer’ as Britons struggle to pay spiraling energy bills amid cost-of-living chaos
- Migrants stay in hotel rooms at £ 125 a night paid for by UK taxpayer
- More than 28,000 migrants arrived in the UK illegally in 2021 and 18,000 are in UK hotels
- Tory MP Tom Hunt said housing migrants like this would cause “deep resentment”
- He said illegal migrants should be in detention centers rather than luxury hotels
Illegal migrants are staying in four-star hotel rooms at £ 125 a night paid for by UK taxpayers as the country braces for a growing energy bill amid a cost-of-living crisis.
Over 18,000 migrants are staying in hotels across Britain.
Tory MP Tom Hunt said that accommodating illegal migrants in such expensive rooms would inevitably lead the British to form “deep resentment” against them.
It comes as migrant crossings across the Channel tripled last year with more than 28,300 risking their lives to reach the UK.
The first group of migrants are brought to Dover by a lifeboat after attempting to cross the English Channel
More than 18,000 migrants are staying in accommodation across Britain, some of them in four-star hotels
Tory MP Tom Hunt (pictured) said accommodating illegal migrants in luxury hotels rather than detention centers would lead Britons to their ‘deep resentment’
While a record 28,395 migrants reached the UK illegally last year, 2021 also saw the record for most migrants arriving in a single day as 1,185 crossed 33 boats on November 11.
On average, 28 people crammed into each dinghy that made the perilous crossing last year.
Some councils were refusing to accommodate asylum seekers who had just crossed the Channel, while others were simply out of room, data seen by The Sun showed.
A group of people suspected of being migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, by the RNLI following a small boat incident in the English Channel on January 4
Rescuers in RNLI helmets and life jackets assist group of migrants who have crossed the Channel illegally
A man believed to be migrants carries a small child after arriving in Dover, Kent, following an incident on a small boat in the English Channel
Mr Hunt said: “At a time when a lot of people are struggling to get by… they are going to be deeply resentful of the people who have come here illegally for being accommodated in three and four star hotels.”
The Tory MP said the UK should rely on immigration detention centers rather than upscale hotels for people entering the country illegally.
The government intends to make it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the UK illegally and plans to introduce life sentences for smugglers who make this possible thanks to the proposed nationality law and borders.
A record 28,395 migrants reached the UK illegally last year taking small boats across the Channel, a 200% increase from the 2020 tally
View of one of two areas used in a warehouse in Dover, Kent, for boats intercepted in the English Channel by the UK Border Force
While many migrants took their first steps on British soil, some seemed more enthusiastic than others
The bill will also increase the powers of border forces to stop and redirect ships.
A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “Due to an unprecedented increase in demand, we have had to use temporary accommodation such as hotels across the UK to manage the demands.
“We are working to end the use of hotels in the area of asylum.”
What happens to migrants after they arrive in the UK?
Migrants who have been picked up after landing or intercepting at sea are taken to a border forces processing center, usually near Dover
Here, arrivals are screened to identify any medical needs or vulnerabilities, fed and checked to see if they have a criminal record.
Adults have an initial interview before being sent to shelters across Britain, paid for by UK taxpayers and provided by private contractors.
Migrants receive £ 37.75 per week for essentials such as food, clothing and toiletries while they wait for a decision on their asylum claim.
Kent County Council normally takes care of unaccompanied children, although other local authorities are also involved in this program.
Other migrants could be held in a detention center ahead of a plan to send them back to Europe. However, only five were expelled last year, with ministers admitting “difficulties”.
While a member of the EU, Britain was part of the Dublin Regulation, an EU-wide agreement that required migrants to seek asylum in the first member state they arrive in. and could be deported to that country if they moved to another.
However, since Brexit, no formal arrangement has been put in place to allow the deportation of migrants to France or another EU member country.