UK ‘agrees’ to buy Qatar World Cup fan cabin to house migrants – Doha News | Daily News Byte


The Home Office was forced to abandon its negotiations after the fan cabins were deemed to be of “very poor quality”.

The United Kingdom’s headquarters have considered buying Qatar’s World Cup fan cabins to possibly house migrants and asylum seekers arriving at the country’s borders, the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

At least 45,000 people have crossed the English Channel in small boats to reach British shores since January, leaving the UK Home Office to handle large numbers of migrants.

According to the newspaper, the Home Office has considered buying “fan cabins” specifically to house World Cup fans during the competition in Qatar, as an alternative to accommodation for migrants.

“The number of people arriving in the UK seeking asylum and needing accommodation has reached record levels, putting unprecedented pressure on the asylum system,” a Home Office spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.

“It is right that the government explores various options to ensure that we provide safe, decent housing for people,” the spokesperson added.

However, the fan cabin was deemed to be of “too low quality”, so the plan was scrapped and negotiations stalled.

Strangely, the UK chose to use low-quality tents instead which would leave hundreds of migrants cold and without proper shelter during the rainy season.

Thousands of World Cup fans stayed in fan villages throughout Qatar during the tournament, as a more budget friendly option. Footage and photos surfaced online by visitors reviewing the accommodation showed clean interiors, bathrooms and some with air conditioning units.

While some fans appeared satisfied with the accommodation, others complained about the cost of rent during peak tournament times.

On Wednesday, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman said the government was exploring alternatives to hotels, such as using abandoned cruise ships, military installations and vacation parks.

There is no update on this yet.

Currently, the UK spends £5.5 million a day housing more than 40,000 migrants in hotels, while in neighboring France, the government provides accommodation to only half of asylum seekers, leaving other migrants to live in improvised camps.

According to Migration Watch, a non-governmental organization that monitors the migration crisis in Britain, told The Daily Telegraph that “the UK’s overly permissive asylum rules are outlandish compared to most of Europe and are growing into a powerful magnet that draws thousands of people across the country on dangerous boat trips.” Asylum from Europe is denied.


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