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Boston’s Logan Airport sheltering over 100 migrants with more families arriving ‘at all hours’

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Boston’s Logan Airport sheltering over 100 migrants with more families arriving ‘at all hours’

The number of migrants being sheltered at Boston Logan Airport appears to have increased, with throngs of families lining a baggage claim surrounded by suitcases and using sparse blankets for makeshift mattresses.

Over a hundred migrants are currently spending their nights sleeping on the floor at the Boston airport, The Post’s new photos show — an apparent uptick in recent weeks from the dozens who were being housed there a few months ago.

“We continue to see migrants at the airport. They come to Logan a number of ways. They also arrive at Logan at all hours,” a representative from MassPort previously told Boston 25 News when the numbers of migrants behind housed at Logan spiked.

Over a hundred migrants were photographed at Boston Logan Airport this week, an apparent increase in recent weeks

Over a hundred migrants were photographed at Boston Logan Airport this week, an apparent increase in recent weeks David McGlynn

But without the proper staff or resources to properly take care of a large population of residents, the migrants are transported out of the airport to state welcome centers daily, then brought back by night, MassPort said.

In the airport the migrants have less than ideal conditions, including cold air conditioning, hard floors, lights in their faces all night, and airport announcements keeping them awake, WBUR reported.

Familes have been forced to sleep on the hard floor with makeshift beds as lights bear down on them all night

Familes have been forced to sleep on the hard floor with makeshift beds as lights bear down on them all night David McGlynn

Massachusetts has been housing migrants at the airport since state shelters reached capacity in November

Massachusetts has been housing migrants at the airport since state shelters reached capacity in November David McGlynn

Migrants have been staying in the baggage area in Logan since last year after the state’s shelters reached their 7,500 family capacity in November, forcing people to sit on waitlists for the facilities to be housed at the airport.

To address the state’s growing migrant population, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey announced in May that a former prison about an hour southwest of Boston would be converted into a shelter for about 400 homeless families — including 150 spaces open for migrant families.

MassPort could not be reached for comment when contacted by The Post.

Airports across the country beyond Logan have become common tools for housing migrants.

The San Diego International Airport been used to house hundreds of migrants sleeping on its floors at a time, as has Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and the airport at El Paso in Texas.

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