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Asylum induction centre to close
Gordon House Hotel
Gordon House Hotel is due to close as an induction centre
An induction centre in Dover is due to close because of a drop in the number of asylum seekers coming into the UK.

Gordon House is one of three hotels in the port town used to hold asylum seekers when they enter Britain.

Figures show that a year-and-a-half ago 60 people were coming into Dover every day either through the docks or the Eurotunnel seeking asylum.

This number has now fallen to eight a day and has resulted in plans to close Gordon House in a few weeks time.

The decision to close the induction centre comes prior to new statistics released by the government which are expected to reveal the number of asylum seekers have dropped by 40%.

In 2002 a total of 103,000 people were claiming asylum but that number dropped to 61,000 in 2003.

In August 2003, Migrant Helpline, which looks after asylum seekers when they arrive in Dover, announced it was making 21 staff redundant because of the decrease in people seeking asylum.




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