The number of migrants housed in hotels has hit 40,000 after the Home Office emptied the Manston processing centre, the Mail can reveal.
Sources said there were now a record number of migrants – most of whom arrived by small boat across the Channel – in hotel accommodation.
There were 37,000 migrants in hotels at a cost of £5.6million a day at the beginning of this month, when a processing backlog had also led to around 4,000 being held at Manston, in Kent.
Amid concerns over conditions at the site, the Home Office stepped up moves to transfer migrants from the former RAF station.
At least 3,000 extra hotel places have now been block-booked by the Home Office to house the transferred migrants.
The cost of the asylum system has soared to £2.1billion a year – from £500million a decade ago – mainly due to the cost of providing taxpayer-funded support for those arriving in the UK.
People stand inside a fenced off area inside the migrant processing centre in Manston, Kent, on…