United Kingdom could have wrongly deported 63 immigrants over Windrush scandal, says minister

  • United Kingdom could have wrongly deported 63 immigrants over Windrush scandal, says minister

United Kingdom could have wrongly deported 63 immigrants over Windrush scandal, says minister

THE HOME Office may have wrongfully deported 63 members of the Windrush generation, the home secretary has revealed.

Officials have identified 63 records of people who were deported but may have been entitled to remain in the country under rules applying to migrants and their families invited to settle in the United Kingdom to fill labour shortages.

Mr Javid told MPs that the department were examining the removal of 32 "foreign national offenders" and 31 other people forcibly removed from the country.

When he was appointed last month, Mr Javid said he would scrap the Home Office's so-called "hostile environment" policy which led to so many people who came from the Caribbean before 1973 to fall foul of the immigration authorities.

Although Mr Javid stressed the figure was provisional, his admission gave an indication of the scale of the exercise facing the Home Office.

Although fully entitled to live and work in the United Kingdom, an unknown number of Windrush descendants have been wrongly identified as illegal immigrants and denied basic rights such as healthcare. Many came to the United Kingdom legally as children but have no formal documentation, which has also led to them being refused jobs or healthcare.

Javid said officials don't know yet whether these were wrongful deportations.

Of these, five have since been found to have no legal status and nine cases are still under examination, while three have established their right to be in the UK.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a government review to understand how members of the Windrush generation "came to be entangled in measures" created to tackle illegal immigration.

He said: "Shocked to hear Home Sec [sic] has admitted to Parliament that 63 people from the #Windrush generation may have been wrongly deported".

The UK government said it had set up a scheme to compensate people who may have been wrongfully detained, sacked, had their bank accounts closed or lost their homes because of the scandal.