More compassion for Caribbean citizens
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”.