Thursday, 19 April, 2018


Government accused of "betraying" Windrush Generation

130,000 back petition calling for amnesty for Windrush immigrants The Empire Windrush taking people from Jamaica to Britain in 1948
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 22:59

A petition has been signed by over 130,000 people for an amnesty to be given to those affected, with the hope that the situation will be debated in Parliament.

"I know all of you will share the horror that I felt reading about Albert Thompson, denied treatment for cancer unless he could pay up front, denied it having lived here for 44 years".

But who exactly are the Windrush Generation and why are they facing these problems now?

The immigrants are named after the Windrush, one of the first ships that brought Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948 in the aftermath of World War Two, when labour shortages meant that people from the Commonwealth, a network of mostly former British colonies, were invited to help rebuild the economy.

Nokes encouraged those affected to make contact with the Home Office and said the government is determined to help people build up a picture of their life in the United Kingdom even if they might lack the required documents.

The Windrush Generation ends at 1971 as that is when the Immigration Act came in.

Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth citizens already living in the United Kingdom were given indefinite leave to remain - but the right to free movement between Commonwealth nations was ended from that date onwards.

"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".

Dave Prentis cited the case of Albert Thompson, who has lived in the United Kingdom for 44 years, who has been told he has to pay £54,000 to have treatment for prostate cancer.

Penny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary, said there was "absolutely no question" of the Windrush generation's right to continue to live and work in the country.

The global development secretary told the BBC there is "no question of their right to remain" in the UK.

Barbados high commissioner Guy Hewitt told the BBC: 'I have held as a great honour the fact that I am the first London-born high commissioner for Barbados.

Labour has called a public meeting with affected people on April 19.

The British government has promised to act to reverse "terrible mistakes" made over the treatment of immigrants from the so-called "Windrush" generation, after revelations that people who came to the United Kingdom decades ago are being told to leave the country.

'Many came here as children, their parents invited to the United Kingdom to work.

'But the Government is treating them as illegal aliens.

Many are now being denied access to health services, prevented from working and in some cases are being threatened with deportation.

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