UK: A hotel in Reading, England, has canceled reservations in order to make room for ‘refugees’ arriving from Afghanistan, according to reports.
A family from Yorkshire traveling to the town for its world-famous music festival was notified their booking at an unspecified local hotel had been terminated at the last minute.
The facility has been “taken over by the Home Office” in order to house Afghan migrants, according to Hampshire Live.
“The family were due to travel down from Doncaster in Yorkshire for the event – which runs from 27-29 August – and had booked two rooms at the hotel,” the outlet reports.
“Mum Jane said they make the bookings a year ahead of the popular festival, and then cancel if they decide not to go. But just days before the event, all the bookings were cancelled.”
On August 22, the hotel sent the family an email notifying them of the new arrangements being implemented.
“We are sure you have been watching the recent turn of events with horror and disbelief and maybe have at times thought if there was some way to help them,” the email stated. “As the scale of the crisis in Afghanistan grow, the Home Office are struggling with the- number of refugees to re-home.”
“We have been approached by the Home Office to house these people, after much deliberation we have agreed to house these people for the interim.”
Jane says she was able to locate substitute lodging, but her family will be forced to significantly change their plans.
“It sounds incredibly privileged and makes me feel quite uncomfortable to complain about this,” she asserted.
“I know what these people are going through is thousands of times worse than us losing our hotel booking. But at the same time, I feel the bookings should’ve been honored.”
Similarly, a historic hotel in Birmingham, England, is being contracted by the government to house hundreds of asylum seekers for the next three years.
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