Minister says housing asylum seekers in hotels was ‘never the right policy’ as closures announced

After saying yesterday that the federal government will shut 50 so-called migrant inns over the subsequent three months, Robert Jenrick mentioned this morning that housing asylum seekers in inns was “by no means the appropriate coverage”. 

Jenrick made an announcement to the Home of Commons yesterday wherein he introduced that the federal government will shut 50 asylum inns within the coming months, with extra to comply with after that.

It has been reported that one other tranche of fifty inns be closed by April.

Jenrick was requested this morning whether it is true that not one of the inns closing to asylum seekers are in Labour constituencies.


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He instructed Sky Information that there was a “listing of various constituencies” and that a number of the closures are “after all” in Labour constituencies. 

“They’re a mixture of totally different constituencies and in all 4 nations throughout the nation. We don’t launch the listing for safety causes.”

Pressed whether or not this contains inns in Labour areas, Jenrick mentioned: “After all, completely.”

He mentioned that housing migrants in inns was “by no means the appropriate coverage”, including that it was “borne out of the very giant numbers that had been coming throughout a yr or two in the past, now fewer persons are crossing fortunately — though there’s a nice deal extra to do, [and] consequently we’re in a position to make this primary step”.

He mentioned that asylum seekers beforehand in inns will now be housed in “cheaper and extra acceptable types of lodging”.

He named “giant army websites, the barge in Portland, and we’re discovering cheaper types of housing in areas throughout the nation” as examples of the federal government’s work on this space. 

Elsewhere, Jenrick argued that top ranges of unlawful migration are placing “insufferable strain” on housing and public companies.

He mentioned small boats crossings had been “risking group cohesion”, telling Instances Radio: “It’s important to cease the boats. You’ve got to scale back the quantity of unlawful migration into this nation as a result of it’s inserting insufferable strain on our housing, our public companies and risking group cohesion.

“As you say, rightly, now we have been extraordinarily beneficiant as a rustic. Since 2015 now we have granted over 530,000 humanitarian visas to Ukrainians, Hong Kongers, Syrians, Afghans and people from elsewhere on this planet.

“That’s the largest variety of individuals coming into the nation on humanitarian grounds in our fashionable historical past.

“It’s simply not potential for us to maintain supporting such giant numbers of unlawful migrants and that’s the reason we’re taking the steps that we’re to discourage individuals from coming to this nation with necessary insurance policies just like the Rwanda coverage and that’s the reason we’re working arduous to smash the individuals smuggling gangs and destroy the enterprise mannequin that they function.” is the UK’s main digital-only political web site, offering complete protection of UK politics. Subscribe to our each day e-newsletter right here.