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Britain begins detaining migrants on barge firefighters called 'deathtrap'

By Karla Adam

08 Aug 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. The U.K. government has started housing asylum seekers on a large barge moored on the Dorset Coast in an attempt to deter others from attempting the dangerous English Channel crossing. The move is part of a broader plan to use barges and former military facilities to address a recent surge in irregular entry.

LONDON - The British government on Monday began housing asylum seekers on a hulking barge moored on the Dorset Coast in an effort to cut down on the high costs of housing migrants in hotels - currently running at about $7.6 million a day - and to deter others from attempting the dangerous English Channel crossing.

The arrival of a small group of asylum seekers onto the football-field-sized Bibby Stockholm, an engineless barge registered in Barbados, was a highly symbolic moment in Britain's debate over migration. The government wants to use barges and former military facilities to address a recent surge in irregular entry.

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