Live news: The week ahead

Rishi Sunak has cast the blame widely for the continued high level of Channel crossings © Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Employers and landlords who offer work or accommodation to migrants who arrived in Britain by irregular routes face sharply higher fines under the latest attempt by the government to clamp down on asylum seekers crossing the Channel in small boats.

The move comes as Suella Braverman, home secretary, hopes this week to move the first asylum seekers from hotels into a floating accommodation barge at Portland, Dorset, after a number of delays.

In a week where there will be a renewed focus on the issue of irregular migration, ministers will triple fines for employers regarded as contributing to the “pull factors” that attract people to make the crossing.

Read more about the fines here.

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