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Migrants ‘stay in four-star hotel rooms at £125 a night for the UK taxpayer’

Migrants ‘stay in four-star hotel rooms at £125 a night for the taxpayer’ as Britons struggle to pay spiraling energy bills amid cost-of-living chaos

  • Migrants stay in £125-a-night hotel rooms paid for by the UK taxpayer
  • More than 28,000 migrants arrived in the UK illegally in 2021 and 18,000 are in UK hotels
  • Tory MP Tom Hunt said housing migrants like this would lead to ‘deep resentment’
  • He said illegal migrants should be in detention centers rather than fancy hotels

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

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

Tory MP Tom Hunt said housing illegal migrants in such expensive rooms would inevitably lead Britons to form a “deep resentment” towards them.

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

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

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

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

Tory MP Tom Hunt (pictured) said housing illegal migrants in fancy hotels rather than detention centers would lead Britons to their

Tory MP Tom Hunt (pictured) said housing illegal migrants in fancy hotels rather than detention centers would lead Britons to resent them ‘deeply’.

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

On average, 28 people were crammed into each canoe that made the perilous crossing last year.

Some councils were refusing to accommodate asylum seekers crossing the Channel, while others simply had no more space, according to data seen by the Sun.

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

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

Lifeboats wearing RNLI helmets and life jackets assist a group of migrants who had illegally crossed the English Channel

Lifeboats wearing RNLI helmets and life jackets assist a group of migrants who had illegally crossed the English Channel

A man believed to be a migrant carries a small child after they arrived in Dover, Kent, following a small boat incident in the English Channel

A man believed to be a migrant carries a small child after they arrived in Dover, Kent, following a small boat incident in the English Channel

Mr Hunt said: ‘At a time when a lot of people are struggling to get by…they are going to 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 immigration detention centers rather than high-end hotels for people who entered the country illegally.

The Government intends to make it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the UK illegally and plans to introduce life sentences for people smugglers who make this possible with the Nationality Bill and borders.

A record 28,395 migrants reached the UK illegally last year by taking small boats across the Channel, a 200% increase on the 2020 tally

A record 28,395 migrants reached the UK illegally last year by taking small boats across the Channel, a 200% increase on the 2020 tally

A view of one of two areas used at a warehouse in Dover, Kent, for boats intercepted in the English Channel by the UK Border Force

A view of one of two areas used at a warehouse in Dover, Kent, for boats intercepted in the English Channel by the UK Border Force

As many migrants took their first steps on British soil, some seemed more excited than others

As many migrants took their first steps on British soil, some seemed more excited than others

How many migrants reached Britain in 2021, by month?
January 223
February 308
March 831
April 751
May 1,619
June 2,179
July 3,510
August 3,012
September 4,652
October 2,671
November 6,869
December 1,770
Total 28,395

The bill will also increase the powers of border forces to stop and redirect ships.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Due to an unprecedented increase in demand, we have had to use temporary accommodation such as hotels across the UK to manage requests.”

“We are working to end the use of hotels for asylum.”

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 screened to identify any medical needs or vulnerabilities, nurtured and checked to see if they have a criminal record.

Adults are given an initial interview before being sent to accommodation centers across Britain, paid for by British taxpayers and provided by private contractors.

Migrants receive £37.75 a week for basic necessities like food, clothing and toiletries while they await a decision on their asylum claim.

Kent County Council normally takes care of unaccompanied children, although other local authorities are also involved in this scheme.

Other migrants could be kept in a detention center ahead of a plan to send them back to Europe. However, only five were expelled last year, with ministers admitting “difficulties”.

While an EU member, Britain was part of the Dublin Regulation, an EU-wide agreement that required migrants to seek asylum in the first member state they arrived in and could be deported to that country if they crossed into another.

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