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UK Apologizes for Post-War Migrants Treatment

Yerika Germosen, Isle of Man Small Countries Fellow

April 24, 2018

At a meeting with leaders and representatives from 12 nations in the Caribbean, UK Prime Minister Theresa May apologized for the harsh treatment of “Windrush generation” migrants and their descendants (Reuters). Invited to the UK to fill labor shortfalls after WWII, some of the migrants’ descendants have been caught up in a tightening of immigration rules overseen by May in 2012 when she was Interior Minister (Reuters). British home secretary Amber Rudd has also rendered an apology for the actions of her own department towards these citizens (The Guardian). May said she was “genuinely sorry” about the anxiety caused by the Home Office threatening the children of Commonwealth citizens with deportation (BBC).

 

The controversy began after the publication of recent reports in the British press about longtime legal residents of Caribbean ancestry (NY Times). Reports indicated that those with Caribbean ancestry had lost their jobs, were being denied access to healthcare and were facing threats of deportation (NY Times). Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he had accepted May’s apology, adding: “I believe that the right thing is being done at this time” (BBC). Timothy Harris, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, said: “We see this basically as the start of the dialogue, as evidence is uncovered which requires correction” (BBC).

 

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-chogm-windrush/may-apologizes-to-caribbean-countries-for-uk-treatment-of-post-war-migrants-idUSKBN1HO0NX

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/16/theresa-may-caribbean-representatives-windrush-immigration

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43792411

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/world/europe/uk-windrush-apology-theresa-may.html

 


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