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Windrush generation: May to meet Caribbean leaders after apology

Windrush generation: May to meet Caribbean leaders after apology
From BBC - April 16, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to reassure Caribbean leaders later that the Windrush generation will not be deported over paperwork issues.

The government has apologised after it emerged that thousands of people who arrived from the Commonwealth decades ago as children were being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants.

The home secretary has announced a new taskforce to help those affected.

Mrs May will talk to the leaders at a Commonwealth meeting in London later.

The prime minister will also call for "concrete measures" to ensure girls in Commonwealth countries spend at least 12 years in education ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

'Inhumane and cruel'

The prime minister reversed her decision not to meet leaders to discuss the Windrush issue after it was raised by MPs from across the house.

Labour's David Lammy said on Monday that it was a "day of national shame".

The Tottenham MP said it was "inhumane and cruel" that it had taken the government so long to act.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd accepted it was "appalling" that some of the Windrush generation faced deportation and promised they would be helped to attain required documents for free. She added that she was concerned her department "sometimes loses sight" of individuals.

Thousands of people arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago.

They are known as the Windrush generation - a reference to the ship, the Empire Windrush, that brought workers from the West Indies to Britain in 1948.

Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth citizens already living in the UK were given indefinite leave to remain.

However, the Home Office did not keep a record of those granted leave to remain or issue any paperwork confirming it, meaning it is difficult for the individuals to now prove they are in the UK legally.

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