British government apologises for treatment of 'Windrush generation' of migrants

British government apologises for treatment of 'Windrush generation' of migrants

British government apologises for treatment of 'Windrush generation' of migrants

"I'm very conscious that there are many people who came here prior to January '73, who have every right to be here but just lack the necessary documentation to prove it".

The Home Secretary said high commissioners would have an opportunity to raise any such cases with her at their meeting later this week.

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.

Ms Rudd told the House of Commons she was sorry for the "appalling" way her department had treated British subjects who came to the United Kingdom in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, predominantly from the Caribbean.

"It is inhumane and cruel for so many of that Windrush generation to have suffered so long in this condition and for the Secretary of State only to have made a statement today on this issue".

Mr Lammy added: "This is a day of national shame and it has come about because of a hostile environment policy that was begun under her Prime Minister. Can she explain how quickly this team will act to ensure that the thousands of British men and women denied their rights in this country under her watch in the Home Office are satisfied?"

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"The Government must immediately guarantee that anyone who comes forward to clarify their status should not face deportation or detention, because as things stand today there are thousands of people who are too anxious about their future to come forward".

The Home Office said delegates at this week's Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London will be able to speak to Mrs May about the situation.

"This is about individuals".

"People should not be concerned about this - they have the right to stay and we should be reassuring them of that". That is why I have put a very clear time limit on the amount of time it will take to correct this.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes earlier appeared to suggest that some citizens may already have been deported by the Home Office amid confusion over their status.

Asked whether people who had been resident in the United Kingdom for decades had been deported, Ms Nokes said: "There have been some horrendous situations which as a minister have appalled me". The exact number of people without official documents is unknown.

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On 15 April 2018, Nokes previously said in an online statement: 'I know that establishing status after so many years may be hard for some people but we will do everything we can to assist them.

Many long-term immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children have been told they are here illegally. Many who subsequently came were given indefinite leave to remain but records were not kept. "And I would ask anybody, if they know of any such circumstances, they should bring them to the Home Office".

"The Windrush generation must have their rights as British citizens confirmed, any who have been deported must be invited back to the United Kingdom immediately and those who oversaw their deportations must be held to account".

Speaking to ITV News about the mistakes made in cases involving the Windrush generation facing deportation from the United Kingdom, immigration minister Caroline Nokes said: "There have been some horrendous situations that as a minister have appalled me".

Unless they are able to produce documents confirming their right to live in the United Kingdom, the Home Office has threatened them with deportation.

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