Indians third-largest group affected by UK’s ‘Windrush’ immigration scandal

Vastavam web: Indians have emerged as the third-largest group affected by the UK’s ‘Windrush’ immigration scandal involving Commonwealth nationals being wrongly denied their citizenship rights in Britain. The ‘Windrush’ scandal is an immigration scandal concerning people who were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation and in many cases wrongly deported from the UK by the authorities. “While a large proportion of them were of Jamaican or Caribbean descent, they also included Indians and other South Asians,” McNeil said.

As many as 102 Indians were provided documentation to formalise their rights to live and work in the UK by an emergency ‘Taskforce’ set up to deal with cases of Commonwealth nationals who arrived in the UK before immigration rules became more stringent in 1973, according to the latest figures released by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) yesterday. While the majority of the 2,272 migrants’ cases dealt with by the ‘Taskforce’ came from Caribbean countries Jamaica (1,093) and Barbados (213), India at 102 came in third followed by Grenada (88) and Trinidad and Tobago (86), with 690 cases classed as “Others”.

“The experiences faced by some members of the ‘Windrush’ generation are completely unacceptable and I am committed to righting the wrongs of the past,” said Javid, who was born to Pakistani-origin parents in the UK. He also committed to making a formal apology to 18 members of the ‘Windrush’ generation from the Caribbean, who it is believed could have been wrongfully removed or detained. He said: “I would like to personally apologise to those identified in our review and am committed to providing them with the support and compensation they deserve. The Home Office said that its evidence suggests the 18 people came to the UK from the Caribbean before 1973 and stayed here permanently but were unable to demonstrate their continuous residence here and were either detained or removed.

The group referred to as the ‘Windrush generation’ relates to a ship named ‘Windrush’, which brought Jamaican workers to UK shores in 1948. The scandal emerged as many who arrived as children around that period were struggling to access state services or even threatened with deportation because they did not possess any documents to prove they arrived in Britain before 1973.