Bibby Stockholm Migrants relocated following Legionella Concerns

What’s Happened?

The 39 migrants assigned to stay on the contentious Bibby Stockholm barge off the coast of Devon, England have been relocated as a precaution following the discovery of legionella bacteria in the on-board water system. It is expected that they will be moved back to the barge in a week’s time. The BBC reports that a Home Office source claims “low levels” of legionella were found by a contractor on Monday.

The Bibby Stockholm

The Bibby Stockholm is part of a government policy intended to cut the cost of housing asylum seekers in the UK during the process of their applications. Prior to this, there had been a policy of housing asylum seekers in hotels. It is expected that the Bibby Stockholm will eventually house 500 asylum seekers as they undergo the asylum process.