New Report: Total of Migrants Housed in Hotels in the UK Has Reached 40,000

Following a series of controversies involving overcrowding and disease outbreaks, the Manston centre has emptied of at least 4,000 asylum seekers, bringing the total number of migrants housed in hotels to 40,000.

According to reports, migrants staying at the Manston centre in Ramsgate, Kent, have been relocated, and the Home Office has reserved at least 3,000 additional hotel rooms. 

The cost of housing 37,000 migrants in hotels is £5.6 million per day, and the cost of the asylum system has risen to £2.1 billion per year from £500 million a decade ago.

Those staying at Manston Centre have been moved by immigration minister Robert Jenrick and home secretary Suella Braverman due to deteriorating conditions.

A source told the Telegraph: “All migrants have now been moved to contingency accommodation. It has taken three weeks, but we’ve got there.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “Staff across the Home Office have worked tirelessly under challenging circumstances to source alternative accommodation as quickly as possible for those who have been processed at Manston.

“The global migration crisis continues to place an unprecedented and unsustainable strain on our asylum system, which is why we remain focused on deterring illegal migration and disrupting the criminal gangs responsible for these dangerous crossings.”

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