14 Jun 2023

Inside the village divided over asylum seekers

A starkly divided over the arrival of over 200 asylum seekers.

In March this year, the owner of a hotel in the Leicestershire village of Kegworth signed an exclusive contract with the Home Office to use his hotel to house asylum seekers.

But the local community has been starkly divided over the arrival of dozens of their new neighbours. While some are welcoming, the arrival has also drawn angry protests.

In today’s episode of The Fourcast, we speak to our Communities Editor, Darshna Soni, about how this town has become divided over immigration, and whether the government’s mission to stop the boats is inflaming tensions – as Number 10 says it is trying to get a handle on net migration and its growing asylum backlog.

This episode contains reference to suicide.

Producer: Alice Wagstaffe and Annie La Vespa.

Sources: AP


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