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May to meet Caribbean leaders after 'appalling' treatment of Windrush generation

May to meet Caribbean leaders after 'appalling' treatment of Windrush generation

Theresa May has apologised to Caribbean leaders for her government's treatment of immigrants from their countries who were threatened with deportation after living legally in Britain for decades.

When Commonwealth citizens were invited to fill labour shortages and help rebuild the UK's battered economy after World War Two, nearly half a million people left their homes in the West Indies to live in Britain between 1948 and 1970, according to Britain's National Archives.

"I take this issue very seriously. Because we are genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused", she said.

May's spokesman stated that there would be no deportations or detentions of Windrush individuals while the government worked to fix the problems.

"Addressing the Caribbean heads of government, Prime Minister May said "...

"Theresa May must apologise for this mess which has taken place as a direct outcome of the hostile environment she created".

As a result, honest, decent citizens are being driven to despair by a Kafkaesque immigration system that demands impossible evidence from those who rightly consider themselves to be British citizens.

'We have seen the individual stories, and they have been, some of them, bad to hear, and that is why I have acted.' She was challenged over an interview in which immigration minister Caroline Nokes appeared to confirm that some Windrush migrants had been wrongly deported.

However, faced with a growing outcry which threatened to overshadow the biennial gathering of the alliance of the United Kingdom and its former colonies, Downing Street said on Monday that Mrs May would after all meet with her counterparts from Caribbean states to discuss the matter.

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Some 140 lawmakers have signed a letter urging the government to find an "immediate and effective" response to concerns from Commonwealth-born residents over their immigration status. She added that the fees involved would be waived.

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As many as ten per cent, or a little above that, of the 500,000 Windrush generation of parents and children are affected.

The Downing Street spokesperson said during the meeting, May outlined that her government is encouraging British businesses to look more widely around the world to identify opportunities to expand and diversify trade. Labour MP David Lammy was quite right to describe this as a matter of national shame.

"And it has come about because of a "hostile environment" policy that was begun under her Prime Minister".

She said: "Potentially they have been and I'm very conscious that it's very much in error, and that's an error that I want to put right".

They were named Windrush in commemoration of the Empire Windrush, the ship that transported them to the UK.

"The impact has been felt in the cases of individuals losing the right to work, to rent property, to receive pensions, to access their bank accounts or even to access vital healthcare - a particularly cruel twist of fate as so many of those affected have spent their lives in the service of our National Health Service".

The scandal over the mistreatment of people from what were once British colonies has cast a shadow over the summit, which is supposed to strengthen Britain's ties to fellow Commonwealth countries as it prepares to leave the European Union.