Migrant 'hostels' could be set up on the Isle of Wight under 'offshoring' ...

Asylum processing centres could be built on the Isle of Wight, the Shetlands or the Isle of Man, it emerged yesterday.

The new 'offshoring' proposal – which might also see asylum hostels built on other remote Scottish islands – is part of Priti Patel's over-arching programme to crackdown on the Channel migrant crisis.

Under a parallel project also being considered by the Government, asylum seekers who arrive in Britain could be flown out to processing centres in Morocco, Moldova or Papua New Guinea.

Downing Street is the driving force behind proposals to hold refugees in offshore detention centres and has asked officials to consider the option of sending asylum seekers abroad. 

Official documents marked 'sensitive' and produced earlier this month, summarise advice from officials at the Foreign Office, which was asked by Downing Street to 'offer advice on possible options for negotiating an offshore asylum processing facility similar to the Australian model in Papua New Guinea and Nauru'. 

Home Office officials have also been ordered to draw up feasibility studies for the hostel-type centres on islands within the British Isles. It emerged yesterday that officials had previously looked at locating a centre on Ascension Island or St Helena, thousands of miles away in the South Atlantic.

However, using such distant British overseas territories was ruled impractical over costs and logistical problems. Now, proposals for asylum centres on islands closer to home will be drawn up. 

Migrants would be processed on disused ferries moored off the coast under the plans being considered. 

Another option being considered is buying retired ferries and converting them into asylum-processing centres.  

Marina with boats on the Solent at East Cowes, Isle of Wight. Migrants who land in Britain could be flown to hostels on the island

Marina with boats on the Solent at East Cowes, Isle of Wight. Migrants who land in Britain could be flown to hostels on the island

Migrants are currently being housed in Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which has been repurposed for them

Migrants are currently being housed in Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which has been repurposed for them

New proposals are part of Priti Patel 's over-arching programme to crackdown on the Channel migrant crisis

New proposals are part of Priti Patel 's over-arching programme to crackdown on the Channel migrant crisis

Boris Johnson is reportedly keen to deter migrants from making dangerous crossings from France with the proposals.

Meanwhile, The Times has been told that the Home Office held discussions about moving migrants to decommissioned oil platforms in the North Sea for 

Ministers decided that it was a 'no go' but the plan to move migrants to ships is thought more realistic and is being given serious consideration. 

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