Accommodation centre plans axed

The government is scrapping plans for accommodation centres for
asylum seekers because of public opposition and a falling number of

Immigration minister Tony McNulty this week said the accommodation
centre proposed near Bicester in Oxfordshire would be scrapped.
Only last week he told parliament it would be the only one of the
original seven to go ahead.

He said the decision was due to a sharp fall in the number of
asylum applications – which in any case were being processed more
quickly – but the proposals had also roused public opposition in
the areas concerned.

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