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