Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Windrush migrants deported from the UK, Javid admits

Windrush migrants deported from the UK, Javid admits

The U.K.'s new home secretary said Tuesday that more than 60 members of the so-called Windrush generation may have been wrongfully deported.

They have been identified after Home Office officials trawled through 8,000 records amid fears that people living lawfully in the United Kingdom for decades could have been forced to leave the country.

It was the first time specific numbers have been outlined since the scandal involving people who came to the United Kingdom from Commonwealth nations broke.

However, he said he did not yet have data on how many Windrush immigrants had been detained.

In documents submitted to the committee, the Home Office said in five of the cases it is trying to remove or has removed the person again after no legal basis was found for them remaining in the UK.

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Mr Javid added: "So far we have found - and I would preface these are not final numbers, they are subject to change because the work is still ongoing - we have found 63 cases where individuals could have entered the United Kingdom before 1973, so these are Caribbean Commonwealth [citizens], who could have entered before 1973".

The deportees could have been descendants of members of the so-called Windrush generation, named after one of the first ships that brought Caribbean migrants to the United Kingdom to 1948 after the Second World War.

The government has tried to portray the Windrush fiasco as an administrative problem in which people got wrongly caught up in immigration controls that were not aimed at them, and were asked to produce extensive documentary proof of their status that authorities had not previously asked them to obtain.

Mr Javid became home secretary last month after Amber Rudd resigned, saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants. The opposition claims that the crisis was the effect of a "hostile environment" created by the Home Office when it was headed by Theresa May from 2010 to 2016.

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