UK to Legalize Status of Thousands From Caribbean (1948-1971)

UK to Legalize Status of Thousands From Caribbean (1948-1971)

UK to Legalize Status of Thousands From Caribbean (1948-1971)The United Kingdom has announced that a team is to be established, to legalize the status of thousands of persons from the Caribbean, dubbed the Windrush generation.

Those arriving in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries have been labelled the Windrush generation.

It began on June 22, 1948, 70 years ago, when the ship MV Empire Windrush arrived at Essex, which brought workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands, as a response to labour shortages in the UK.

The ship carried 492 passengers – many of them children.

Previously, many have been detained or deported as a result of not being able to produce documents to prove their status as legitimate residents of the United Kingdom.

Speaking is parliament this afternoon, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the team will constitute 20 persons who will work with persons from that era who want to have their status legalised.

Mrs Rudd admitted that in dealing with the status of the Windrush generation has been less than ideal.

Some of the affected persons had been threatened with deportation to countries they left as children 50 years ago and have not returned to since.

Others have been denied access to healthcare, lost jobs or been made homeless because they do not have sufficient paperwork to prove they have the right to be in the UK.

The announcement came after immigration minister indicated that some residents who answered the call to come to the UK to work in essential services in the 1950s and 60s had been deported in error back to countries they left as children for not having the right documents

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