Britain to set up compensation scheme for 'Windrush' migrants
Britain will compensate some Caribbean immigrants who arrived in Britain in the decades after World War Two, after they and their children were recently wrongly labeled as illegal immigrants, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Monday, Reuters reports.
The government will also waive fees associated with becoming a citizen and ensure these long-term British residents do not have to pass Britain’s citizenship test, Rudd told parliament.
“Each individual case is painful to hear, but so much more painful, often harrowing for the people involved.... The state has let these people down,” Rudd said.
“None of this can undo the pain already endured, but I hope it demonstrates the government’s commitment to put these wrongs right going forward.”
The “Windrush generation” were invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, but some of them and their descendants have been caught out by tighter immigration rules.