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Portland Port Barge Factsheet Update

The Home Office released a statement on Tuesday 10th October with an update on the barge moored at Portland Port:   

“The Home Office has started to send letters to asylum seekers to confirm the re-embarkation of the Bibby Stockholm and notify them that they will be accommodated on board, following the vessel completing all necessary tests.

“The letters confirm the next steps for asylum seekers and reiterate that all asylum accommodation continues to be offered on a no-choice basis.  

“Delivering alternative accommodation sites, such as the vessel, is more affordable for taxpayers and more manageable for communities, due to healthcare and catering facilities on site, 24/7 security and the purpose built safe accommodation they provide.”    

For more information on Bibby Stockholm, please use the Factsheet: Asylum accommodation on a vessel in Portland Port – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)