UK could have wrongly deported up to 63 Caribbean migrants - minister

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

Today, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has admitted that more than 60 people caught up in the Windrush scandal may have been wrongly deported, and there could be more.

The figures are the first official indication from the Home Office of the number of individuals who could have been wrongfully removed or deported from the country in the Windrush scandal.

He said the figures were provisional.

The wrongful removal of members of the Windrush generation applies to Caribbean nationals who were living in the United Kingdom legally and arrived in the country before 1973.

This includes "32 foreign national offenders and 31 administrative removals, all but one of whom left voluntarily after being told they would have to go".

Mr Javid said the 63 cases he outlined were identified from 8,000 records of removals from the United Kingdom of people aged over 45. So far, 526 people have been issued documents confirming their legal right to live in the UK.

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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.

Javid said officials don't know yet whether these were wrongful deportations.

The admission comes after weeks of denials by the department that any member of the Windrush generation had been forced to leave Britain.

The United Kingdom could have wrongly deported up to 63 immigrants of Caribbean origin, it emerged Tuesday, in the latest embarrassing revelation of a mounting scandal that has damaged the reputation of British prime minister Theresa May.

According to a letter sent to MPs on the committee by Home Office permanent Secretary Sir Philip Rutnam, there have been 17 cases where deported Windrush immigrants have returned to the United Kingdom since 2015.

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