UK Home Sec­re­tary Javid apol­o­gises to hun­dreds of In­di­ans con­firmed as Bri­tish

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UK Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid has is­sued another per­sonal apol­ogy for the Win­drush scan­dal that in­volved mi­grants who were wrongly denied their Bri­tish ci­ti­zen­ship rights, as the lat­est of­fi­cial up­date re­vealed that hun­dreds more In­di­ans were caught up in the row.

The Win­drush gen­er­a­tion refers to cit­i­zens of for­mer Bri­tish colonies who ar­rived be­fore 1973, when the rights of such Com­mon­wealth cit­i­zens to live and work in Bri­tain were sub­stan­tially cur­tailed.

While a large pro­por­tion of them were of Ja­maican/ Caribbean de­scent who came on the ship Win­drush, In­di­ans and other South Asians were also af­fected by the UK gov­ern­ment’s han­dling of their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est up­date by the UK Home Sec­re­tary on Mon­day, a to­tal of 737 In­di­ans have been able to con­firm their sta­tus, in the wake of the scan­dal in­volv­ing Com­mon­wealth na­tion­als wrongly denied their ci­ti­zen­ship rights in Bri­tain.

“I have per­son­ally apol­o­gised to those iden­ti­fied through this re­view and I will make sure they re­ceive sup­port and ac­cess to the com­pen­sa­tion scheme,” said Javid, a se­nior Pak­istani-ori­gin min­is­ter who took charge of the UK Home Of­fice as a re­sult of the scan­dal last year.

The UK Home Of­fice had set up a Win­drush Task­force in April 2018 to deal with a back­log of thou­sands of such cases, with Javid pro­vid­ing reg­u­lar up­dates to the Par­lia­ment’s Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee Chair, Yvette Cooper, on the progress of the scheme.

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