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The first migrants arrive at the Kent Army barracks, which have been converted into an asylum seeker dispersal facility.


The first migrants have arrived in taxis at a barracks in Kent that has been converted into a "dispersal facility".

Around 20 migrants were taken to the Napier Barracks in Folkestone today, where they could be housed for up to a year.

A black BMW limousine arrived at the barracks at 7.45 p.m. tonight. The driver slapped his hand on his dashboard and shouted, "It's urgent."

A guard opened the barracks gates and the limo entered, followed closely by three dark, unmarked taxis – two black Mercedes and a gray Volkswagen.

The first migrants have arrived in unmarked taxis at the Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which has been converted into a "dispersal facility".

Around 20 migrants were brought to the barracks in taxis today, where they could be housed for up to a year

Around 20 migrants were brought to the barracks in taxis today, where they could be housed for up to a year

A black BMW sedan drove into the barracks, closely followed by three dark, unmarked taxis - two black Mercedes and a gray Volkswagen

A black BMW sedan drove into the barracks, closely followed by three dark, unmarked taxis – two black Mercedes and a gray Volkswagen

Each people carrier had about six men inside, most of whom wore blue face masks.

There didn't seem to be any women in the group.

Taxis left the former military base just five minutes after entering, and the final preparations for housing were made before dark.

Two more black Mercedes taxis rushed into the barracks with around 10 migrants at 8:15 p.m.

This time security guards held the gates open in preparation as the black BMW sedan led the convoy.

People believed to be migrants arrive at Napier Barracks in a dark taxi tonight

People believed to be migrants arrive at Napier Barracks in a dark taxi tonight

Napier Barracks staff outside Folkestone in Kent prepared for the arrival of asylum seekers today

Workers at Napier Barracks outside Folkestone in Kent prepared for the arrival of asylum seekers today

Both taxis had their windows blacked out and left about five minutes later.

A catering checkout car was the last commercial vehicle that entered the premises shortly before 7 p.m.

The employees put green wire strips on the edge of the fence to hide the view inside.

One of the taxis appeared to be from Crawley, West Sussex, suggesting the group had been taken to the Napier Barracks from the Brook House asylum relocation center at Gatwick Airport.

Military personnel arriving from nearby barracks to prepare to admit migrants to Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent

Military personnel arriving from nearby barracks as preparations were made to take in migrants at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent

However, this has not been confirmed by the Interior Ministry.

Glimpses of the interior of the Napier Barracks were granted earlier this morning as they prepared to accommodate the asylum seekers.

The barracks became an "assessment and dissemination facility" for around 400 people.

Asylum seekers are expected daily starting today and thereafter, according to Folkestone and Hythe District Council.

The Home Office is also planning to open a similar facility at the Penally Army Center near Tenby, Wales.

A row of beds in the former disused barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which now houses asylum seekers

A row of beds in the former disused barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which now houses asylum seekers

A view of the Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, intended to house migrants who have crossed the Canal in small boats

A view of the Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, intended to house migrants who have crossed the Canal in small boats

Folkestone workers were seen walking around the disused military base today, surveying the large open facility and its numerous residential buildings.

An employee wearing a hi-vis jacket pointed out where a shower block should be installed in the outside space between the apartment blocks.

The contractors were sweeping leaves from the curb and hurling black garbage bags full of leaves from the concrete pavement.

Others piled hundreds of pink fire sheets to be installed in the numbered dormitories.

Behind the turquoise fire doors was a metal construction with at least seven single beds on both sides. Fresh bedclothes were placed on each blue mattress.

A guard wearing a hi-vis jacket and face mask manned the entrance to the barracks while another man patrolled the edge of the barbed wire fence.

Several trucks drove in and out of the park during the afternoon, including logistics, recycling, and land management.

Council Chairman David Monk initially expressed "great concern" in a letter signed jointly with Local MP Damian Collins and Sandgate Parish Council Chairman Cllr Tim Prater.

They asked Home Secretary Priti Patel to stop the plans after blowing up "exceptionally poor communications", claiming that "very little was informed of this decision and we cannot support it".

Police officers will be escorted to Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where as of this week migrants who have crossed the canal in small boats are expected to be housed in the military barracks

Police officers are escorted to Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the canal in small boats are expected to be housed at the military barracks starting this week

Electrical equipment, including vacuum cleaners, will be unloaded at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the canal in small boats are expected to be housed at the military barracks starting this week

Electrical equipment, including vacuum cleaners, will be unloaded at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the canal in small boats are expected to be housed at the military barracks starting this week

A security guard is patrolling the facility in Folkestone, Kent today to greet a group of asylum seekers

A security guard is patrolling the facility in Folkestone, Kent today to greet a group of asylum seekers

A police car arrived at Napier Barracks to greet migrants in Folkestone, Kent

A police car arrived at Napier Barracks to greet migrants in Folkestone, Kent

The letter read: "We are very concerned about the impact of this large open camp on the welfare of the local community and also of the people in the asylum system who are being brought into the barracks themselves."

But Mr. Monk later withdrew and said: “It was never about the fact that this advice violated the principle of the asylum seekers living in our community.

"Our concern was that, since we had not been consulted, we were unable to allay fears and answer the questions raised by our residents."

Immigration Compliance Minister and Courts Chris Philp MP reassured in a written reply on Friday that the temporary placement is expected to last 12 months.

He said the government was using Section 9 of the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act to provide safe housing to people who have applied for asylum and otherwise destitute, while the merits of their asylum claims is examined.

Covid-19 is having a "big impact" on the asylum support system, according to Philp, and Napier Barracks has been identified among a number of options to ease the pressure.

Staff and police officers patrol the new asylum seeker facility in Folkestone, Kent today

Staff and police officers patrol the new asylum seeker facility in Folkestone, Kent today

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel attends a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is attending a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15

Employees are on site today to complete the facility in Folkestone, Kent

Employees are on site today to complete the facility in Folkestone, Kent

An aerial view of the Penally Army training camp (left) in Penally, Wales

An aerial view of the Penally Army training camp (left) in Penally, Wales

The equipment was installed on the site during final preparations over the weekend, which is operated by a UK-based "experienced lodging and support provider".

Those coming to the former military base will have spent a quarantine period elsewhere with personal welfare and security checks.

A Folkestone and Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “The focus will be on the welfare of the residents of the property, providing full service and broader considerations for the area and its residents.

& # 39; There will be security on site and medical services will be provided on site to ease the added pressure on local health services.

“Particular attention will be paid to protection and any concerns addressed by the contractor with the help of the Ministry of Interior's security team.

The first arrivals are expected from today and daily thereafter, according to Folkestone and Hythe District Council

The first arrivals are expected from today and daily thereafter, according to Folkestone and Hythe District Council

The staff can be seen at Penally Training Camp which has been converted into a makeshift camp for asylum seekers arriving in the UK outside the village of Penally near Tenby, Wales

The staff can be seen at Penally Training Camp which has been converted into a makeshift camp for asylum seekers arriving in the UK outside the village of Penally near Tenby, Wales

The staff can be seen at Penally Training Camp which has been converted into a makeshift camp for asylum seekers arriving in the UK outside the village of Penally near Tenby, Wales

The staff can be seen at Penally Training Camp which has been converted into a makeshift camp for asylum seekers arriving in the UK outside the village of Penally near Tenby, Wales

"We understand that every effort will be made to make the facility COVID-19 safe and Public Health England is closely involved in the operational plan to ensure the safety of its users and residents."

A multi-agency task force has met to ensure that appropriate support measures are in place in the barracks.

The local council is expected to offer volunteering in the near future after receiving offers from local residents and local councils.

The government said it is exploring options for additional accommodation with a number of partners and other government departments.

They added that after submitting the request, MOD and the Army fully supported the attempt to find a workable solution.

A spokesman said: "In these unprecedented times, the government is working with a number of partners and across departments to secure additional housing, and MOD has offered use of some of its locations.

"When it comes to the use of emergency shelters, we work closely with organizations, including local authorities and law enforcement agencies, throughout the process to ensure value for money and to ensure that vulnerable asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute are left over while processing their applications have suitable accommodations. "

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