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The Windrush Generation

Posted 338 days ago | 16.04.18

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The Windrush Generation

Many long-term immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children have been told they are here illegally. The government has been told that it must deal sensitively and fairly dealing with the Windrush generation, thousands of whom arrived in the UK 70 years ago, and who are  facing deportation from the UK.

The international development secretary has said that there is "no question of their right to remain" in the UK and more than 100 MPs from across the parties have signed a letter to Theresa May asking for urgent action.

Guy Hewitt, Barbados high commissioner, reported that  a meeting request from Caribbean leaders to discuss the issue with the prime minister this week was rejected. The Home Office response was that  delegates at this week's Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London will be able to speak to the prime minister about the situation.

A petition on the government's website calling on the Home Office to grant them an amnesty has attracted the 100,000 signatures required to be considered for a debate in Parliament.

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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