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Windrush generation arrival records found

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THE ARRIVAL records for tens of thousands of migrants from the Windrush generation have been found in the National Archives.

The ledger, which was found after an investigation by the Financial Times, shows arrivals at ports until 1960 with more than 85,000 people arriving from Caribbean countries.

These include citizens who arrived from the Caribbean on Empire Windrush in 1948.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Home Office destroyed its cache of landing slips eight years ago, in a bid to up data protection.

But the department since rejected applications for UK citizenship because of a lack of evidence to support their arrival date claims.

The move came despite staff warnings that this would make it harder to check the records of older Caribbean-born residents experiencing residency difficulties, it was claimed.

The revelations come after Prime Minister Theresa May issued her second apology in two days to the Caribbean migrants threatened with deportation.

She said Windrush immigrants 'are British - they are part of us' and vowed to ensure they can stay in the UK.

She told the House of Commons: 'And for those who have mistakenly received letters challenging them. I want to apologise to them.'

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