UK faces out­cry over treat­ment of ex-child im­mi­grants

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

A sim­mer­ing dis­pute over Britain's treat­ment of peo­ple who came to the coun­try as chil­dren decades ago has erupted just as the coun­try pre­pares to host lead­ers from the 53-na­tion Com­mon­wealth.

Britain had wanted to use this week's sum­mit in Lon­don of the alliance of the UK and its for­mer colonies to help Britain bol­ster trade and diplo­matic ties around the world af­ter it leaves the Euro­pean Union next year. But trade top­ics are be­ing over­shad­owed by anger over what some in the Com­mon­wealth see as the UK's shabby treat­ment of res­i­dents of Caribbean ori­gin.Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May's of­fice said Mon­day that she would meet with her Caribbean coun­ter­parts in Lon­don for the Com­mon­wealth sum­mit to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion of long-term U.K. res­i­dents who say they have been threat­ened with de­por­ta­tion to their coun­tries of birth.

Mem­bers of the "Win­drush gen­er­a­tion" named for the ship Em­pire Win­drush, which brought the first big group of post-war Caribbean im­mi­grants to Britain in 1948 - came from what were then Bri­tish colonies or newly in­de­pen­dent states and had an au­to­matic right to set­tle in the UK, re­ports PTI. But some from that gen­er­a­tion, now age­ing and long-times res­i­dents in Britain, say they have been de­nied med­i­cal treat­ment or threat­ened with de­por­ta­tion be­cause they can't pro­duce pa­pers to prove it. The Bri­tish gov­ern­ment has taken an in­creas­ingly tough line on im­mi­gra­tion, which has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally over the last 10 or 15 years, largely as re­sult of peo­ple mov­ing to the U.K. from other EU coun­tries.

A de­sire to con­trol im­mi­gra­tion was a ma­jor fac­tor for many who voted in 2016 for Britain to leave the bloc.

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