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Speaking of grave concerns relating to the suitability of the use of Penally military base to house asylum seekers, First Minister, Mark Drakeford said:

First published:
22 October 2020
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said:

I will be clear - it is unacceptable that the Home Office has repeatedly failed to address serious issues regarding living conditions at Penally military camp. The Welsh Government and local service providers have continually informed the Home Office of grave deficiencies in the standard of accommodation for asylum seekers. Home Office has so far failed to act in any meaningful way.  

The welfare and safety of asylum seekers on site must not be compromised, and the wellbeing of the local community must be treated as priority by the Home Office.  

I have explained our concerns on multiple occasions, and called on the Home Office to close the site. Their failure to act is not acceptable. The use of the camp must end as quickly as possible. Home Office has a duty to intervene, and must not ignore the legitimate concerns which are being raised by every party involved.

Until Home Office takes action, we will continue to work closely with local partners to minimise risks and maximise the welfare of all affected. Wales is a Nation of Sanctuary. We take that seriously, and so should the Home Office.