Home Secretary on using cruise ships to house asylum seekers
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Asylum seekers are three times more likely to be accepted in the UK than France, a new report by an anti-migration think-tank has claimed. They argue that the UK’s more generous system and the accommodation of asylum seekers in hotels has turned it into a popular choice for rejected applicants from France and other EU countries.
These conclusions have been backed up by an internal Government report.
Home Office data has shown that the number of applicants granted asylum has increased from 34 percent in 2016 to 77 percent in 2021.
However, in France over the same period, the asylum acceptance rate fell from 32 percent to 25 percent.
Throughout the EU as a whole the acceptance rate drooped by a huge 25 percentage points, from 63 percent to 38 percent.
These conclusions were confirmed by a Home Office report marked “sensitive” which concluded that one of the reasons for or “onward movement” to the UK “may reflect an unsuccessful asylum application”.
According to the report, 55 percent of Eritreans, 44 percent of Afghans, 38 percent of Sudanese and 27 percent of Iraqis applying for asylum had made previous claims in the EU.
The report titled “Entitled Sovereign Borders: International Asylum Comparisons” argued that the failure of French authorities to provide accomodation for all asylum seekers is a push factor that encourages them to apply in the UK.
Only 52 percent of asylum seekers in France have accommodation provided by the government, forcing many to live in makeshift camps, according to the report.
They said: “For those living in these makeshift camps, life is often uncertain and precarious, with camp clearances and forced evictions that can lead to damage and confiscation of personal belongings and reported police brutality and abusive practices.
“There is often limited access to water and sanitation facilities, while many depend on local associations for food distributions.
“This may act as a factor driving onward movement out of France.”
In contrast, Britain is currently spending £5.5million a day on housing 40,000 asylum seekers a day in hotels across the country.
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On Wednesday, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said that the Government was considering using disused cruise ships to house asylum seekers rather than hotels.
Former student accommodation, military sites and holiday parks were other potential venues that were floated as alternatives to the status quo.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has also unveil a five point plan to tackle small boat crossing in the English Channel including fast-track deportations of Albanians, streamlining asylum applications and tougher evidence thresholds to prevent applicants exploiting loopholes.
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