UK to rent 1,200 homes to migrants

The UK has been warned by Immigration Minister Nicky Morgan to consider letting 1,000 migrants in to its capital after it was revealed the UK had rejected 1,500 asylum claims.

The Home Office said it would consider housing migrants in new “public housing” to help build the UK’s housing stock, in line with a plan outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives.

The government said it had received more than 1,800 asylum applications from Portugal, where the government was struggling to cope with a surge in arrivals and migrants arriving from North Africa.

The country has received more asylum claims from Europe since the beginning of the year than any other EU country, according to the Home Office.

In the wake of the influx, which has seen nearly 6,000 people arrive in the UK so far this year, the government has introduced stricter border controls, including the reintroduction of a two-year ban on the use of buses to enter Britain.

Ms Morgan said the move to “increase public housing” was designed to “build the foundations of housing in our cities” by building new homes, parks, schools and hospitals.

“We need to make sure we are taking the right steps to help ensure that our cities are safe and secure,” she told MPs.

The minister’s comments came amid growing anger at the way migrants are being detained at Britain’s airports and ports.

Around 2,500 migrants were detained at London’s Heathrow airport in the first half of this year as part of the “Boris Boring” crackdown on people arriving on the island of Lesbos.

In total, around 2,400 migrants have been detained since the start of this month, according the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the government had been “working hard to get a grip on our migration system” and was reviewing “all options to get people through our ports and airports”.

Ms Morgan confirmed the Home Secretary had been told the number of people being held at Heathrow would be reduced by 50% but declined to say what those changes would be.

She also refused to say whether the government would reduce its “no-go zones” – where migrants have to leave the UK to avoid being detained or deported.

Home Office officials said the plan to increase public housing in the capital would not be completed before 2019, when the UK will leave the European Union.