Cornwall’s asylum seekers leave Newquay hotel and head back to South East England

Posted By on 6th April 2023

By Graham Smith

The 200 asylum-seekers who have been housed in Newquay’s Beresford Hotel since November are on their way out of Cornwall and are heading back to South East England.

The most likely destination in the short-term is another hotel, before possibly returning to the RAF Manston military base in Kent, described last year as “catastrophically overcrowded” and rife with disease.

Cornwall Reports understands that the Home Office made the decision to move the asylum-seekers out of Cornwall about two weeks ago.

The move will delight St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, as it means the Beresford Hotel will once again be available for tourists.

The hotel has been a magnet for far Right anti-refugee protestors and Left-wing counter demonstrators, with a third confrontation scheduled for this coming weekend.

Police will be hoping that by Saturday, both sides will be aware that the asylum-seekers have gone.