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Explained: Priti Patel’s shelved plan to ship asylum seekers to south Atlantic

Home Office officials asked to look into building migrant centres on Ascension and St Helena

Priti Patel asked officials to explore sending asylum seekers to isolated islands 4,000 miles from the UK in the south Atlantic, it has emerged.

The home secretary made the suggestion of transferring migrants to Ascension, an isolated volcanic British territory, and St Helena, which is part of the same island group but 800 miles away.