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Windrush: Hundreds granted citizenship under gov't scheme

CITIZENSHIP: The Home Office is working to resolve the Windrush immigration crisis

MORE THAN 500 people of Caribbean origin have been granted British citizenship under the government’s Windrush immigration scheme last month, the home secretary has said.

Sajid Javid also said that in addition to the 584 who received their citizenship in June, more than 2,000 people have received documentation outlining their right to reside in the UK.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper said it was “very disappointing” that the Commons Home Affairs Committee, which she chairs, has not yet been given data on the number of people who have been wrongly detained. She also said that the Home Office has failed to make contact with most of those who may have been removed or deported from the UK in error.

Officials who looked into 8,000 removal records, identified 63 cases where it is possible that the individuals concerned could have arrived in the UK before 1973.

Under UK legislation, Commonwealth citizens who settled in the UK before 1973 were automatically given indefinite leave to remain.

In a letter to Cooper, Javid said: “I have instructed officials in the Taskforce to try and make contact, where possible, with the 31 people who had been administratively removed.

“Of these 14 are now in discussion with the taskforce. We continue to work with relevant Caribbean governments to obtain contact details where we do not have them and I am grateful for the assistance they have been providing.”

Cooper has again called on the Home Office to set up an urgent hardship fund for members of the Windrush Generation who are facing serious financial difficulties as a result of the scandal.

Many of those affected have incurred significant debts and losses as a result of losing their jobs, being prevented from working legally and paying legal fees and other costs in an attempt to confirm their right to live and work in the UK.

Campaigners are urging the government to extend the scheme to descendants of members of the Windrush Generation who came to the UK has adults after 1973.

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