No 10 acknowledged that a request had been received from the Caribbean high commissioners and confirmed that a meeting had not been scheduled. Photograph: Vianney Le Caer/Rex/Shutterstock

No 10 refuses Caribbean request to discuss children of Windrush

Article in The Guardian
16 April, 2018

The smugness of the British authorities! They needed workers for post-war growth and, fifty years later, they barely acknowledge the issue of the legal status of their then – now aging – children and make them responsible for getting the right papers in time or face deportation. These persons are not responsible for the changes in British migration policies and, after a lifetime spent working and raising children in the UK, they should not be made to bear the administrative burden of having to prove who they are. Britain should put in place a clearing house mechanism for all those who arrived then and facilitate any type of administrative regularisation needed

The refusal has given Caribbean diplomats the impression that the UK government is not taking a sufficiently serious approach to the problem that is affecting large numbers of long-term UK residents who came to Britain as children.

Some have 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.”

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