The mayor mentioned he was strongly against the plan and that it might depart “susceptible individuals” with out “entry to the help they want”.
It’s understood that the House Workplace approached the Royal Docks Administration Authority (RoDMA) some weeks in the past about the potential of mooring a barge subsequent to the airport.
Metropolis Corridor is itself positioned on the docks, and is one in every of a number of native organisations – together with Newham Council – which have representatives inside RoDMA.
“I oppose these plans within the strongest potential phrases,” mentioned Mr Khan.
“I’m pleased with London’s historical past of offering sanctuary for these searching for refuge, and I’m involved that susceptible individuals fleeing appalling circumstances wouldn’t have entry to the help they want, with their security, well being and wellbeing being put at severe threat.
“The Authorities’s method to asylum seekers is merciless and unworkable, and can be made worse by the Unlawful Migration Invoice.
“As a substitute councils and related companions have to retain the authorized powers and the funding to help asylum seekers humanely and with dignity.
“All of us have a accountability to assist these escaping oppression and violence, and ministers have to utterly rethink their plans as a matter of urgency.”
It’s understood that RoDMA will quickly verify its formal opposition to the proposal.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed on Monday that the Authorities had acquired two big barges to deal with about 1,000 individuals searching for refuge within the UK – although their areas haven’t but been confirmed. A 3rd barge is already deliberate to be moored at Portland, off the coast of Dorset.
A House Workplace spokesman refused to remark straight on the Royal Docks proposal, however mentioned: “The stress on the asylum system has continued to develop and requires us to take a look at a spread of lodging choices which supply higher worth for the British taxpayer than costly accommodations.
“This is the reason we proceed to supply new various websites and vessels to accommodate migrants, that are extra manageable for communities, as our European neighbours are doing.
“We perceive the considerations of native communities and can work carefully with councils and key companions to handle the impression of utilizing these websites, together with liaising with native police to ensure applicable preparations are in place.”