Immigration minister Robert Jenrick has claimed "the UK is essentially full"
His remarks came in response to an MP expressing concern about the housing of asylum seekers in their constituency
It came hours after the High Court ruled the government's Rwanda scheme is lawful
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Immigration minister Robert Jenrick has claimed "the UK is essentially full" as he faced questions on the issue of asylum seekers being housed in hotels.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, Jenrick admitted it was "extremely hard" to find new places for asylum seekers to stay amid record numbers of people arriving in the UK in small boats crossing the Channel.
His comments came after Conservative MP Marco Longhi asked him to reconsider “the proposal for siting up to 144 illegal immigrants” in a hotel in Dudley North, his constituency.
Jenrick responded: “As a result of the good work undertaken by the Home Office in recent weeks to ensure that Manston, the site in Kent, is operating appropriately, we have now been able to implement some simple criteria, including risk to public order or disorder when choosing new hotels, and if there is compelling evidence in that regard then it should be taken into account by the Home Office, but there are no easy choices in this matter."
The housing of asylum seekers has been a prominent issues in recent months after conditions at Manston immigration detention centre were branded "inhumane"
Outbreaks of diseases including diphtheria and scabies were reported at the overcrowded site, and a man at the site died after contracting diphtheria at the end of November.
More than 40,000 people have arrived via small boats this year.
Jenrick also said elsewhere he wanted to make sure accommodation for asylum seekers was "decent yet not luxurious".
His comments came hours after the High Court ruled in the government's favour on the Rwanda policy for asylum seekers, judging the policy as lawful.
The scheme will see some asylum seekers that do not arrive to the UK via established routes, like those who arrive to the UK by crossing the channel in small boats, deported to Rwanda for processing.
Home secretary Suella Braverman welcomed the verdict and said she was "committed" to making sure the scheme works.
“Our ground-breaking migration partnership with Rwanda will provide individuals relocated with support to build new lives there, while disrupting the business model of people smuggling gangs putting lives at risk through dangerous and illegal small boat crossings," said Braverman.
However, Amnesty International has described the decision as "bitterly disappointing".
“Shamefully, even in the wake of last week’s tragic deaths in the channel, the government refuses to acknowledge that the more it invests in cruelty, punishment and deterrence, the more it is putting desperate people who have no safe options to arrive in the UK at greater risk," said Steve Valdez-Symonds, the charity’s refugee and migrant rights director.
“Suella Braverman must stop playing politics with people’s lives and get down to the serious task of fixing the disastrously dysfunctional asylum system and policies that she recklessly adopted from her predecessor.”
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