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Illegal immigration: Britain plans to house migrants on boats

  • Shawn Syden
  • BBC News

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More than 45,000 arrived in the UK via the dangerous route last year, up from around 300 in 2018.

The British government is preparing to announce as early as next week an alternative to the hotel accommodation it currently offers to migrants.

Boats will be confirmed as an alternative to hotels. However, its exact location may not be announced for a few more weeks.

The use of two military bases in the UK will also be confirmed. The first batch of migrants is expected to move to their new homes within weeks.

Sources say each site will house 1,500 to 2,000 migrants and will initially be used for new arrivals rather than those currently housed in hotels.