What is the Windrush generation? Why have some immigrants faced deportation?

The HMT Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury, Essex, on 22 June, 1948, with Jamaican immigrants, many of whom had served in the RAF SSPL (Photo via Evening Standard)
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The Government has been forced to reverse its position on the “Windrush crisis”, in which people who came here legally from Commonwealth nations are now being deported.

Theresa May will now meet the heads of 12 Caribbean countries this week after an outcry that saw 140 MPs sign a letter to demand a resolution.

More than 130,000 people also signed a petition demanding “amnesty” for the generation of immigrants, who arrived in Britain between 1948 and 1971.

Many of the Windrush generation, named after the ship HMT Empire Windrush, came from African and Caribbean countries under a rule allowing freedom of movement within the Commonwealth.
Read more at: Evening Standard
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