More com­pas­sion for Caribbean cit­i­zens

The Week Middle East - - News | Best Articles: British - Amelia Gen­tle­man

The Home Of­fice must adopt a “more com­pas­sion­ate” ap­proach to­wards re­tire­ment-age Com­mon­wealth cit­i­zens fac­ing de­por­ta­tion de­spite liv­ing in the UK all their adult lives, se­nior Caribbean diplo­mats have urged. There could be thou­sands of peo­ple born in Com­mon­wealth coun­tries who em­i­grated to the UK with their par­ents as chil­dren and did not re­alise they were re­quired to for­mally nat­u­ralise in Bri­tain. Their un­re­solved res­i­dency sta­tus could mean they face prob­lems ac­cess­ing pen­sions, hous­ing, health­care and work. New ev­i­dence of harsh treat­ment by the Home Of­fice emerged this week when of­fi­cials said they “now ac­cepted” that An­thony Bryan, 60, who has spent five weeks in im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion cen­tres, was in fact “law­fully present in the UK”. Bryan, a grand­fa­ther who has lived in the UK for 52 years, has had two spells in de­ten­tion and was booked last Novem­ber on a flight to Ja­maica, a coun­try he left in 1965, when he was eight, and has not vis­ited since. The dec­o­ra­tor lost his job in 2015 be­cause he was un­able to prove he was not an “il­le­gal worker”.

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