The English village being 'overwhelmed' by migrants as DOZENS arrive every day with the Home Office using it as a 'transit camp' for people arriving from Calais
- Migrants arrive in Longford, West London, and are transferred to houses
- Temporarily living in homes bought by hotel owners after prices dropped
- It followed fears village could be demolished for third Heathrow runway
- Migrants arriving from Iran, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria via Calais 'Jungle'
An English village has been left 'overwhelmed' by asylum seekers, residents complained last night.
Longford in West London is fast becoming a ‘transit camp’ for migrants from Calais - with dozens arriving on coaches every day and being transferred to houses, according to locals.
The migrants are temporarily living in homes bought by hotel owners, after property prices fell over concerns that the village could be demolished for London Heathrow Airport’s third runway.
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New arrivals: Longford in West London is fast becoming a ‘transit camp’ for migrants from Calais, locals claim
Finding a home: Dozens of migrants are arriving on coaches and being transferred to houses, residents say
Moving in: The migrants are temporarily living in homes bought by hotel owners after property prices fell
The properties are being rented out to the Home Office for asylum seekers, with rooms available for £30 per person - or less if sharing, according to an investigation by BBC Inside Out London.
Ray, 85, who lost his wife four years ago and has lived in the village for 50 years, said: 'I’ve got them either side of me. So they meet and they have conversations in the middle of my front garden.'
He added: 'We don't know where they've come from, we don't what they are, and we're living next door to them - albeit they might be very nice people.’
The village - where homes face demolition if a third runway is built for the world’s second busiest airport - dates back to the 14th century and features several listed buildings.
Migrants arriving there are said to have come from countries including Iran, Eritrea and Syria - with many having passed through the ‘Jungle’ in Calais, where about 4,000 people camp.
Sitting outside: Migrants arriving in Longford are said to have come from countries including Iran and Eritrea
Near the airport: One of the migrants admitted he had paid a trafficker €500 (£370) in Calais to get into Britain
One of them, Mogdad from Sudan, admitted he had paid a trafficker €500 (£370) in Calais to get into Britain, telling the BBC: ‘I have no choice. I have to get away from death.’
I am going to move from here, as soon as. It was good before the immigrants came
Rana Saif, Pakistan-born pub owner
But Pakistan-born pub owner Rana Saif said the migrants were damaging his sales, adding: ‘No one comes here, when they are standing 20, 80 people outside on the road, on the walls.
'I am going to move from here, as soon as. It was good before the immigrants came.’
A local hotel manager declined to comment, but he is said to have told villagers during a recent meeting that in future a maximum of 40 asylum seekers would be staying at any point.
A Home Office spokesman said: 'The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need it, and we are committed to providing safe and secure accommodation while cases are considered.
Accommodation: Among the properties in Longford being used by the migrants is the Heathrow Lodge Hotel
Historic: The village of Longford dates back to the 14th century and features several listed buildings
'Decisions on the use of hotel accommodation, including which premises are used, are made by individual contractors who bear the cost.
We don't know where they've come from, we don't what they are, and we're living next door to them
Ray, local resident
'We have made clear to our providers that the use of hotels is only ever acceptable as a short-term contingency measure. We are taking steps with providers to ensure that this is the case.'
She told MailOnline today that all applications for asylum are 'considered on their individual merits', and that refuge will be given to those who have a 'genuine need for protection', or a 'well-founded fear of persecution'.
The spokesman added that people who are found not to require protection in Britain are expected to leave the country voluntarily - and the Home Office will 'enforce their departure' if they try to stay.
Longford, which had a village conservation area designated in 1988, is part of the London Borough of Hillingdon and sits on the Berkshire border, next to the River Colne and M25 and M4 motorways.
Flight path: Homes in Longford face demolition if a third runway is built for the nearby London Heathrow Airport
How it used to look: A view of The White Horse pub in Longford, taken more than six decades ago in 1954
The sprawling Calais migrant camp known as the ‘Jungle' has grown rapidly to now house more than 4,000 people - rising by around 1,000 since June and almost tripling since September 2014.
I have no choice. I have to get away from death
Mogdad, migrant from Sudan
Many of its inhabitants use the camp as a springboard to reach the UK by sneaking onto lorries and Eurotunnel trains or simply walking across the underground passageway.
The once-desert area, home to 800 in 2009, has been transformed into a small town with its own mosques, shops that sell food and cigarettes, restaurants and even a bicycle repair shop.
Thousands set up tents or slept rough in the ‘Jungle’ – where the entrance is now guarded by barbed wire, armed police and dogs - with an ultimate goal of starting a new life in Britain.
Location: Longford, which had a village conservation area designated in 1988, is part of the London Borough of Hillingdon and sits on the Berkshire border, next to the River Colne and M25 and M4 motorways
Campsite: Many of the migrants arriving in the village are said to have passed through the 'Jungle' in Calais
They began sneaking onto trucks and lorries crossing the English Channel in July but when security was stepped up, hundreds stormed the tunnel every night to walk the 31 miles to Britain.
MIGRATION TO UK BY NUMBERS
- 530,265 asylum claims in EU this year
- 636,000 people moved to UK from abroad in past year
- 307,000 people left Britain in past year
- 1,100,000 illegal immigrants in UK
- 8,000,000 foreign-born people in Britain
- 20,000 Syrians to be accepted in UK over next five years
At least 13 migrants have died trying to cross the tunnel by foot in recent months. Eurotunnel drivers say they are struggling to do their jobs because they live in constant fear of killing another migrant.
Home Secretary Theresa May warned last week of the perils of mass migration - saying the huge foreign influx was not in the national interest and led to lower wages and the loss of British jobs.
Based on the current influx, the UK needs to build 210,000 homes a year and find 900,000 extra school places by 2024.
Last month a study revealed Britain experienced the third largest increase in migrants of any major nation last year, with international migration to the UK in 2014 hitting 558,800.
We have made clear to our providers that the use of hotels is only ever acceptable as a short-term contingency measure
Home Office spokesman
This was a 24 per cent increase on 2013, with only Israel and the Czech Republic seeing bigger rises.
Many countries are expecting a large increase in migrants this year following the humanitarian crisis in Syria, with the UK pledging to accept up to 20,000 of them over the next five years.
It was revealed last month that Kent County Council was caring for 720 unaccompanied children who have crossed the English Channel to Dover - a rise from 630 at the start of August.
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