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Eerste asielzoekers komen aan op schip Bibby Stockholm

August 9, 2023 - The first asylum seekers have arrived on board the Bibby Stockholm barge in southern England. Up to 500 men are to be housed on the three-storey vessel.

Bibby Stockholm is the flagship of the UK government’s latest plan to “stop the boats” and deter dangerous Channel crossings by migrants. Men aged 18-65 will live on the vessel while they await the outcome of asylum applications.

The 222-room, three-storey barge arrived in Portland Port more than three weeks ago, chartered by the government to reduce the cost of placing asylum seekers in hotels.

Ministers pressed ahead with the plans despite safety warnings from the Fire Brigades Union which has raised concerns over narrow exits and possible overcrowding.

It includes catering, a TV room, a multi-faith prayer room and a gym.

Migrants will be free to leave on hourly buses to Weymouth and Portland, although they are encouraged to return by 23:00 each night.

The Home Office has said the barge occupants will undergo security screening and Dorset Police has said it does not expect any impact on the local community, according to the BBC.

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PUBLISHED: 09/08/2023; STORY: Graphic News
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