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Number Ten refuses talks with Caribbean officials on Windrush generation

Number Ten refuses talks with Caribbean officials on Windrush generation”

Leaders from Caribbean countries wanted to discuss with Theresa May the plight of those who have lost their everyday rights as Britons.

But the officials were told that a face-to-face with Theresa May "would not be possible".

Many have never applied for a passport in their own name or had their immigration status formalised, as they regarded themselves as British. Tens of thousands who arrived as children from the Caribbean are said to have been "treated like criminals".

Housing, communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: "I'm deeply concerned to hear about difficulties some of the Windrush generation are facing with their immigration status".

Many are now being denied access to health services, prevented from working and in some cases are being threatened with deportation.

The Migration Observatory at Oxford University estimates there are 500,000 people resident in the United Kingdom who were born in a Commonwealth country and arrived before 1971.

"She is aware that many people are unlikely to have documents that are over 40 years old and she is clear that no-one with the right to be here will be made to leave".

Securing a residence permit requires sending the Home Office up to four pieces of documentary evidence for every year spent in the United Kingdom - an nearly impossible task.

Ms Nokes even appeared to confirm reports some Windrush generation residents have been wrongly removed from the country.

On Friday, the Home Office issued guidance admitting that problems were coming to the fore because of newly tightened immigration rules, noting: "Recent changes to the law mean that if you wish to work, rent property or have access to benefits and services in the United Kingdom then you will need documents to demonstrate your right to be in the UK".

ReutersDavid Lammy is Labour's MP for Tottenham. The former minister, whose Guyanese parents were Windrush migrants, added: 'It is a stain on our nation's conscience and the Home Secretary and Prime Minister must act urgently to right this historic wrong.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes revealed she was "very sorry" amid an escalating row over problems faced by those who came to Britain from the Commonwealth after the Second World War.

A petition is calling for anyone who came to the United Kingdom as a child between 1948 and 1971 to have their rights confirmed by the Government.

Penny Mordaunt, the global development secretary, said there was no "absolutely no question of their right to remain" but admitted the Home Office's handling needed to be better. A spokesman added that there was "no intention" of making people who have the right to remain here leave.

Some have even had their access to British public services withdrawn - a man of Caribbean origin known as "Albert Thompson", has been told he was not eligible for radiotherapy for cancer on the NHS because he couldn't prove he was legally in the UK.



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