Migrants 'in four-star hotel rooms at £125-a-night on the taxpayer'

Migrants ‘are staying in four-star hotel rooms at £125-a-night on the taxpayer’ as Britons struggle to afford spiralling energy bills amid cost of living chaos

  • Migrants are staying in £125-a-night hotel rooms paid for by the British taxpayer
  • More than 28k migrants came to the UK illegally in 2021 and 18k are in UK hotels
  • Tory MP Tom Hunt said housing migrants like this would lead to a ‘deep resent’
  • He said illegal migrants should be in detention centres rather than fancy hotels

Illegal migrants are staying in four-star hotel rooms at £125-a-night paid for by British taxpayers as the country braces for spiralling energy bills amid a cost of living crisis.

More than 18,000 migrants are staying in hotels across Britain. 

Conservative MP Tom Hunt said putting up illegal migrants in such pricey rooms would inevitably lead to Brits forming a ‘deep resent’ for them. 

It comes as migrant crossings across the Channel trebled last year with more than 28,300 risking their lives to reach the UK.

The first group of migrants are brought to Dover by a lifeboat after they tried to cross the Channel

 More than 18,000 migrants are staying in accommodation across Britain, some of them in four-star hotels

Conservative MP Tom Hunt (pictured) said housing illegal migrants in fancy hotels rather than detention centres would lead to British people ‘deeply resenting’ them

While a record 28,395 migrants reached the UK illegally last year, 2021 also saw the record for the most migrants coming in a single day as 1,185 journeyed across in 33 boats on November 11.

An average of 28 people were crammed onto each dinghy that made the perilous crossing last year.

Some councils were declining to house asylum-seekers who came across the Channel, while others simply had no space left, data seen by the Sun showed.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by the RNLI following a small boat incident in the Channel on January 4

Lifeboatmen in RNLI helmets and life jackets assist a group of migrants who had crossed the Channel illegally

A man thought to be migrants carries a small child after they were brought in to Dover, Kent, following a small boat incident in the Channel

Mr Hunt said: ‘At a time when lots of people are struggling to get by… they are going to deeply resent people who have come here illegally being put up in three and four-star hotels.’

The Tory MP said the UK needed to rely on detention centres for immigrants rather than top-of-the-range hotels for people who were coming into the country illegally.

The Government intends to make it a criminal offence to knowingly come into the UK illegally and plans to introduce life sentences for the people smugglers who make it possible with the Nationality and Borders Bill.

The Bill will also increase Border Force powers to stop and redirect vessels.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘Due to an unprecedented rise in demand, we have had to use temporary accommodation such as hotels across the UK to manage demands.

‘We are working to end the use of hotels in the asylum estate.’

What happens to migrants after they arrive in the UK? 

Migrants who have been picked up after landing or intercepted at sea are taken to a Border Force processing centre, usually near Dover 

Here arrivals are triaged to identify any medical needs or vulnerabilities, fed and checked to see if they have a criminal record. 

Adults have an initial interview before being sent to accommodation centres across Britain, paid for by UK taxpayers and provided by private contractors.

The migrants are given £37.75 per week for essentials like food, clothes and toiletries while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. 

Kent County Council normally takes unaccompanied children into its care, although other local authorities are also involved in this programme.

Other migrants might be kept in a detention centre ahead of a plan to send them back to Europe. However, just five were deported last year as ministers admitted to ‘difficulties’. 

While a member of the EU, Britain was part of the Dublin Regulation, an EU-wide deal that required migrants to apply for asylum in the first member state they arrive in and could be deported back to that country if they moved on to another.

However, since Brexit there has been no formal arrangements to allow migrants to be deported to France or another EU member country.

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