Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

UK PM May faces backlash over treatment of 'Windrush generation' of migrants

UK PM May faces backlash over treatment of 'Windrush generation' of migrants

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has offered an apology in the House of Commons to members of the so-called Windrush generation who have been subjected to what she described as "appalling" treatment by the British Government. This should not happen to people who have been longstanding pillars of our community.

Caroline Noakes appeared to confirm that some had been wrongly deported, as she said the Home Office wanted to make it as "easy as we possibly can" for those affected.

Cases highlighted by The Guardian include Michael Braithwaite, a special needs teaching assistant who lost his work after his employers ruled that he was an illegal immigrant because he did not have up-to-date identity documents, despite the fact he has lived in the United Kingdom for more than 50 years.

IMMIGRATION MINISTER Caroline Nokes has appeared to admit that some Windrush immigrants have been deported in error.

"Having not previously needed documentation they have now found themselves without any way of proving their status today".

"I don't know the numbers, but what I am determined to do going forward is to say we will have no more of this". "Those are the people we are working hard to help now".

"People don't need formal records".

Mrs May is to meet her counterparts from Caribbean states in the margins of the Commonwealth summit in London on Tuesday amid growing anger about individuals facing the threat of deportation and being denied access to healthcare due to United Kingdom paperwork issues.

Theresa May will meet representatives of 12 Caribbean countries this week to discuss the immigration problems experienced by some British residents of the Windrush generation, in an apparent U-turn on the issue.

Her official spokesman said: "She deeply values the contribution made by these and all Commonwealth citizens who have made a life in the United Kingdom and is making sure the home office is offering the correct solution for individual situations". Although officials were initially told this "would not be possible", it has now been reported a meeting will take place.

Downing Street's change of heart followed the publication of a letter sent to the prime minister, Theresa May, and signed by more than 140 MPs from across the political spectrum.

"That these individuals are being treated with such contempt, disrespect and lack of dignity is a national disgrace", said David Lammy, an opposition Labour member of parliament and the author of the letter to the prime minister.

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