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New plans for migrants to be housed on ferries


The Government is set to unleash its plan to wean migrants away from hotels by using ferries instead.

The plan is to be unveiled as early as next week, but their exact location may not be revealed for another few weeks.

Two military sites are also going to be used, with the first migrants expected to be sent there within weeks.

Each site is set to house 1,500-2,000 migrants and will initially be used for new arrivals as opposed to people currently in hotels.

More than 51,000 people are being housed in 395 hotels, according to the BBC.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has indicated the Government’s intention to stop the usage of hotels for housing migrants, saying a costly £6m a day is being spent.

Ex-airbases in Lincolnshire and Essex are among sites being explored.

Private accommodation options are said to be at maximum capacity.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "We have always been upfront about the unprecedented pressure being placed on our asylum system, brought about by a significant increase in dangerous and illegal journeys into the country.

“We continue to work across government and with local authorities to identify a range of accommodation options.

"The government remains committed to engaging with local authorities and key stakeholders as part of this process."