The UK’s Immigration Minister, Robert Jenrick, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that the country “has an obligation to provide sanctuary to some of the many who flee war and persecution,” but added that the UK’s support is being “abused” by illegal migrants who are “skipping the queue in small boat crossings.” In an effort to deter the soaring number of illegal immigrants arriving in the UK via small boats, Jenrick says that the UK should house migrants in “simple, functional” spaces instead of in the luxury hotels they have been housed in which has led to a recent rise in “asylum shopping” on the part of the immigrants.
The number of illegal migrants crossing the English Channel and arriving on Britain’s shores in small boats has drastically increased from 299 ni 2018 to over 40,000 thus far in 2022. A contributing factor for the increase is what Jenrick calls the “pull factor.” Many immigrants are choosing to come to the UK rather than go to other countries because the country has been putting up illegal immigrants in luxury hotels as temporary housing. The issue is that most of the migrants in the hotels are not moving out, leaving British taxpayers with an astronomical bill to foot and the promise of accommodations at luxury hotels is attracting more migrants.
“Human decency has to be accompanied by hard-headed common sense: illegal immigrants are not entitled to luxury hotels,” Jenrick continued in his Telegraph piece. Referring to a need to end Britain’s policy of housing migrants in hotels Jenrick wrote, “Hotel Britain must end and be replaced with simple, functional accommodation that does not create an additional pull factor.”
Jenrick went on to outline the UK’s approach to making the country a less desirable destination for migrants and said the government will be increasing immigration enforcement and will work closely with security forces to reduce the flow of illegal migrants arriving on British shores.
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Like many countries in recent years, the UK is battling an influx of illegal immigrants being smuggled into the country. On November 12 alone, the Ministry of Defense detected 972 migrants in 22 boats. Britain, like several countries, are looking for alternative methods to keep migrants out. Putting an end to “Hotel Britain” is just a first step.