Britain apologises for "appalling" treatment of 'Windrush' Caribbean migrants


Following reports that members of the so-called Windrush generation have lost out on employment, healthcare and housing because they have been unable to prove their immigration status, immigration minister Caroline Nokes said the government had "absolutely no intention of asking anyone to leave who has the right to remain here".

Many have been told they need evidence including passports to continue working or getting health treatment despite living, working and paying tax in Britain for decades.

Ms Rudd announced the creation of a new task force in the Home Office to speed up the regularisation of the immigration status of people who arrived in the United Kingdom as long ago as the 1940s.

It has seen some Windrush generation residents, who might never have felt the need to apply for a United Kingdom passport before, left without the documentation now required by officials. "You can expect further details to be given by the Home Office later today".

Rudd said: "I do not want any of the Commonwealth citizens who are here legally to be impacted in the way they have and frankly, some of the ways they have been treated is wrong, has been appalling, and I am sorry".

There is growing anger that long-term British residents have fallen victim to rule changes in 2012 aimed at stopping overstaying.

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She should know the number. In 2013, her ministry displayed billboards on vans telling illegal immigrants to "Go Home or Face Arrest".

Named the Windrush generation after British ship the Empire Windrush, which arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex with 492 Caribbean passengers in 1948, "many have made the United Kingdom their home for their entire lives", says the Channel 4 News website.

Jamaica remained a British colony until 1960.

Nearly half a million people left their homes in the West Indies to live in Britain between 1948 and 1970, according to Britain's National Archives.

Labour MP David Lammy was granted an urgent question today to ask the Home Secretary Amber Rudd how numerous Windrush generation have been deported, detained and denied NHS care.

The British government last week refused a request from the high commissioners of 12 Caribbean nations for a dedicated meeting on the subject at the Commonwealth meeting this week.

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Downing Street confirmed the news in a statement after sustained cross-party pressure to take action but said the PM only became aware of the request on Monday morning.

"The Home Office is treating these individuals like criminals whenever they come into contact with the state and this situation has left thousands of people too scared and anxious to seek to clarify their own status for fear that they will be stripped of their status or deported back to a country that they have no memory of and is certainly not their home".

The Home Office are out of control.

The policy was introduced to achieve the Government's lower migration targets, by making "living in the United Kingdom so unbearable that immigrants will decide to leave of their own accord", says Bush.

An online petition calling for an amnesty for those who arrived in Britain from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean as children, and a lowering of the level of documentary proof required from people who have lived here since they were children, has now attracted more than 136,000 signatures.

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