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Number Ten refuses talks with Caribbean officials on Windrush generation

Number Ten refuses talks with Caribbean officials on Windrush generation

Downing Street said that no meeting had been scheduled but said that there would be "a number of opportunities" for Commonwealth leaders to meet PM Theresa May and discuss this "important issue".

They are known as the Windrush generation - a reference to the ship, the Empire Windrush, which brought workers from the West Indies to Britain in 1948.

For the first time in 20 years, the United Kingdom is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a biennial summit of leaders of Commonwealth nations.

The Government's "hostile environment" immigration policy means that some British residents, who have lived legally in the United Kingdom for decades, are now facing requests for official documentation for the first time.

Thousands of people arrived in the United Kingdom as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago.

Her announcement came after Downing Street said Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to ensure that "no-one with the right to be here will be made to leave".

Mrs May's official spokesman said the PM was clear that nobody with a right to be in the United Kingdom would be made to leave. "The government needs to make a clear guarantee that people seeking clarification of their status should have their rights guaranteed while they are doing so", he said.

It called for action over the immigration anomalies, stating: "All too often these routine bureaucratic errors bring about the separation of families and irreparable damage to lives in addition to undue stress, anxiety and suffering".




After working for 16 years as an administrator with the National Health Service, she suddenly lost her job as she could not provide the necessary documentation. It is a stain on our nation's conscience and the Prime Minister must act urgently to right this historic wrong.

They came to help rebuild Britain after the devastation of World War Two, invited by the United Kingdom government to lay roads, drive buses, clean hospitals and nurse the sick.

"The government must immediately guarantee that anyone who comes forward to clarify their status should not face deportation or detention, because as things stand today there are thousands of people who are too anxious about their future to come forward".

Meanwhile, worldwide development secretary Penny Mordaunt told Radio 4's Today Programme: "What clearly needs to happen is we need to do a better job with the process that these individuals are having to go through".

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.

"We will handle every case with sensitivity and will help people understand what is required and help them gather the information they need".

Ms Rudd said that fees for sorting out the paperwork of those affected would be waived so that they can have their status confirmed free of charge.

As previously reported by The National, changes to the United Kingdom immigration system has meant that tens of thousands of people who moved to the country between 1948 and 1971 could be deemed to be illegally resident in the country and may even face deportation to their "home" nations - some of which the people have not returned to since they made their homes in Britain. They are being shut out of the system. "Others have been deported".