Sunak to host migrant sites in his constituency as ministers confirm plans for small boat arrivals to live on barges | The Sun

ILLEGAL migrants arriving in Britain will be put in military barracksinstead of plush hotels – including one in Rishi Sunak's constituency.

Ministers today confirmed three new basic accommodation sites in England are being prepared to house small boat arrivals.

And as exclusively revealed by The Sun, the Home Office said plans are underway to purchase barges which would host migrants until they're deported.

The vessels would serve as a “deterrent, not a magnet”.

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick told the Commons: "We are taking action to tackle the people smugglers and the human traffickers.

"I see these people and the work that they do every day. They are some of the most evil and pernicious people in society. You have to match them. You cannot behave in a way that is weak and naïve.

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"You have to respond with tough policies. We will not allow the UK to be a soft touch."

The first set of set of accommodation sites, which will house 4,900 migrants, will be based in MDP Wethersfield in Essex, a prison site in Bexhill, East Sussex and RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire – the historic home of the Dambusters heroes.

Plans are underway for the Catterick Garrison barracks in Mr Sunak's Richmond constituency to play host too.

Mr Jenrick said: "The sheer number of small boats have overwhelmed our asylum system and forced the government to place asylum seekers in hotels.

"These hotels take valuable assets from communities and place pressures on local public services.

"Seaside towns have lost tourist trade, weddings have been cancelled and local councils have had their resources diverted to manage them."

Mr Jenrick added barracks won't be ready to open "overnight".


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But he vowed to finally end the farce of taxpayers forking out £7m a day on migrant hotels.

"These sites are undoubtedly in the national interest," Mr Jenrick said.

"We have to deliver them if we're to stop the use of hotels. We have to deliver them to save the British public from spending eyewatering amounts accommodating illegal migrants."

Mr Jenrick insisted he understands the concerns of residents who will soon be neighbours to thousands of migrants.

The minister pledged basic healthcare would be provided alongside "round the clock" security to ensure everyone stays safe.

This morning Deputy PM Dominic Raab pledged "nothing is off the table" when it comes to simplifying migrant accommodation.

Since 2018 85,000 migrants have crossed the dangerous Channel, placing mass and unsustainable pressure on housing.

The vast majority of illegal arrivals are male adults.

The Justice Secretary slammed the use of hotels as a "perverse incentive" for illegal channel crossings.

He told Sky News: "Barges would be one possible option.

 "Nothing's off the table.

"We must end this perverse incentive through the hotels and more generally with the hospitality that in a broader sense this country gives, encouraging the wrong people, which is the criminal gangs and illegal migrants, to make these very dangerous journeys."

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Mr Jenrick claimed the Home Office is on track to clear the asylum backlog by the end of the year.

And he claimed 4,000 migrants have been deported from the UK since December 2022.

Labour today slammed the government's popular plan to put migrants in barracks.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said ministers were "desperate to distract" from what the move would do to the old home of Dambusters.

"They've nowhere to send people too, and instead of speeding up asylum decisions they are just going to cancel them," she said.

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"That means more people in asylum accommodation and hotels and more flimflam headlines that just don't stack up.

"Desperate to distract everyone from the damage they might want to do to the Dambusters heritage, instead they start talking about ferries and barges."

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