This year, taxpayers will spend up to £70 million on hotels for migrants, with some rooms booked until January.
This year, hotel rooms for migrants will cost up to £70 million.
Despite a commitment to cease the practice, Priti Patel has confessed that some hotels have been block booked until January 2022 as record numbers of migrants cross the Channel. In the current financial year, the Home Office expects to spend a minimum of £40 million and a maximum of £70 million on hotels for migrants, according to the Home Secretary.
Last week, a record number of nearly 1,000 migrants arrived in Britain in small boats in only two days, bringing the total for 2021 to more than 10,500, up from 8,417 for the entire year of 2020.
“Four star hotels for asylum seekers, especially those crossing the Channel illegally, is a five-star absurdity,” said Alp Mehmet, head of Migration Watch UK.
“In the meantime, the poor taxpayer continues to bear the brunt of this, as well as the spiraling expenditures of our overburdened and misused asylum system, as our government continuously fails to address the issue.”
A government source, on the other hand, claimed that Ms Patel “hates using hotels,” something she has made “quite plain” to the appropriate authorities.
“Priti despises staying in hotels,” the person continued. Officials have been made aware of this. That is why her Nationality and Borders Bill lays out her ideas to reduce our dependency on hotels by establishing purpose-built reception centers that can provide simple but secure housing for children.”
According to the most recent official numbers, about 8,700 migrants were placed in nearly 90 different hotels around the UK in February, greatly above the 1,200 placed in March last year.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Home Office and its contractors Serco, Mears, and Clearsprings halted the removal of asylum seekers from existing properties, which is believed to have contributed to the increase in hotel use.
Over the last year, the number of migrants crossing the Channel has tripled, and the government has a legal obligation to lodge them, despite the fact that 80 percent of those who apply for asylum are denied.
In recent years, the asylum budget has expanded as well, nearly doubling since 2015 to about £1 billion in 2019/20.
Nearly £400 million of the £1 billion is being used to house more than 40,000 current asylum seekers. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”