UK government apologises for 'appalling' treatment of Caribbean immigrants
UK government apologises for 'appalling' treatment of Caribbean immigrants
Image The Empire Windrush cruise ship gave its name to the ‘Windrush’ generation
17 April, 2018, 20:21
The row has been brewing for some months but has erupted just as leaders of the 53 Commonwealth countries gather in London for their biennial heads of government meeting.
Prime Minister Theresa May's office said she would meet with her Caribbean counterparts at the Commonwealth summit to discuss the situation.
"[But] in today's politically-polarised climate, it is important to understand more about the psychological processes behind nationalistic and social attitudes if we are to build bridges between communities".
Those arriving in the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries have been labelled the Windrush generation after the name of one of the ships which brought workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands to the United Kingdom to help with labour shortages.
But some from that generation, now aging residents in Britain, say that in recent months they have been denied medical treatment or threatened with deportation because they can't produce papers to prove it.
He became naturalised in 1971 and so has the official paperwork to stay in the country, as do his family members, but he and Norfolk Black History Month are campaigning to support those members of the Windrush generation who do not find themselves in such a fortunate position.
"With its unique scope and global voice, such a Commonwealth can set a powerful example to the world, one that demonstrates and underlines the importance of protecting free trade and the rules-based worldwide order", she said. The government said it is checking to see whether anyone has been deported from Britain in error.
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However, she said she did not believe anyone had actually been deported, although there have been media reports of people who were only saved by the last-minute intervention of lawyers. "As Caribbean leaders we have to accept that in good faith".
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