asylum seekers soon to be accommodated in a “floating social hotel”

A barge intended to receive asylum seekers docked in Portland on Tuesday July 18. Bibby Stockholm is a boat over 93 meters with 222 cabins on three levels, according to the presentation of its operator Bibby Marine, which the British authorities intend to accommodate some five hundred single adult men.

The project has been strongly criticized by NGOs, who call the barge a “prison boat”. This houseboat is part of a larger arsenal aimed at combating illegal immigration. During the night of Monday to Tuesday, the British Parliament adopted a controversial law, prohibiting migrants who arrived illegally in the United Kingdom from seeking asylum there. The government also wants migrants, after being detained, to be quickly deported to their country of origin or to a third country such as Rwanda, wherever they come from.

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