Huge barge set to house 500 asylum seekers arrives in the UK

The Bibby Stockholm is being refitted in Falmouth to increase its capacity from 222 to 506 people

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Editor
Tuesday 09 May 2023 06:41 BST
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Three-storey barge expected to house migrants arrives at Falmouth

A barge set to house 500 asylum seekers has arrived in the UK as the government struggles with efforts to move migrants out of hotels.

The Independent understands that people will not be transferred onto the Bibby Stockholm until July, following refurbishment to increase its capacity and safety checks.

The barge has been towed from its former berth in Italy to the port of Falmouth, in Cornwall.

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