Irregular migrants, who were in the first convoy planned to stay on the ship moored in Portland, located in the Dorset region in the south of the country, were picked up from their hotels as of this morning.
While the irregular immigrants who will stay on the ship that docked at Portland Port on July 18 were brought to the port by buses, it was seen that there were a few immigrants on the buses.
On the other hand, pro-immigrant groups living in the area welcomed the new residents of Bibby Stockholm with applause and slogans.
It is planned that 50 male irregular migrants between the ages of 18-65 will be settled in Bibby Stockholm in the first phase and approximately 500 in the long term. Migrants in the first group are expected to be brought in piecemeal today.
Nearly 500 immigrants are planned to be resettled
Britain had decided to host the immigrants in unused buildings in military facilities and floating structures built on barges to accommodate approximately 50 thousand irregular migrants in the country.
While the UK, which is currently hosting immigrants in hotels, announced that it had decided to transport immigrants due to the high cost, Bibby Stockholm was on the agenda as the first ship that immigrants would be placed on for this purpose.
Nearly 500 migrants scheduled to stay on board are expected to be brought to Bibby Stockholm within 18 months, while more than 2,000 irregular migrants are planned to be moved to disused buildings at two air bases in Lincolnshire and Essex.
Pro-immigrant NGOs and human rights organizations in the country called Bibby Stockholm a “prison ship”, arguing that it is “inhumane” to accommodate refugees on ships.