Inside the giant barge for 500 migrants that just arrived in the UK

With ‘natural ventilation and wifi connection throughout’, the barge can accommodate up to 506 people across 222 bedrooms

Eleanor Noyce
Tuesday 09 May 2023 11:26 BST
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Drone footage shows Dorset barge set to house 500 asylum seekers

Described as “luxury living” by the company that leases it, a barge set to house 500 asylum seekers has arrived in the UK.

The barge has been towed from its former berth in Italy, arriving in the port of Falmouth, Cornwall, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Set to be eventually stationed in Portland, Dorset, the three-story Bibby Stockholm is proposed as an alternative to housing refugees and asylum seekers in hotels. Only “single adult males” are to be housed onboard, the Home Office has confirmed.

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