Host asylum seekers on ship and we’ll give you £6m, UK Government tells Scottish council

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Investigation by Ally Tibbitt in The Ferret

The UK Government offered a £5.9 million pay-off to Edinburgh council in an ultimately futile attempt to house thousands of asylum seekers on a ship berthed at Leith Docks.
Documents obtained by The Ferret show the Home Office sought to use the cruise ship MV Victoria 1 to house up to 1700 asylum seekers at the port, whilst their immigration status was being assessed.
The boat had been used by the Scottish Government as temporary accommodation for Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion of their home country since July 2022, with the last resident disembarking from the ship in July 2023.

The whole story is available at The Ferret website

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