“UK government will do whatever it takes, including, where appropriate, payment of compensation to resolve the anxieties and problems that some of the Windrush generation have suffered” – PM @Theresa_May https://t.co/sztwlD9t8G pic.twitter.com/Bs66FhDjsU
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 20, 2018
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised to representatives from 12 Caribbean countries on Tuesday over recent harsh treatment by immigration bureaucrats of people who arrived in Britain as children between the late 1940s and the early 1970s.
Happening now! Historic meeting between #UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Caribbean Prime Ministers at Number 10 Downing Street to discuss #Windrush generation issue and other matters of mutual interest #DiplomacyMatters pic.twitter.com/3Sw2mxRU6L
— Hon. Mark Brantley (@markbrantley3) April 17, 2018
The so-called “Windrush generation,” whose parents were invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls after World War Two, have been caught up in a tightening of immigration rules overseen by May in 2012 when she was interior minister.
“I want to apologise to you today because we are genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused,” May told leaders and diplomats from the Caribbean countries, who were in London for a summit of Commonwealth heads of government.
“I take this very seriously. The Home Secretary apologised to the House of Commons yesterday for any anxiety caused and I want to apologise to you today.” – PM @Theresa_May on meeting Caribbean Commonwealth leaders pic.twitter.com/iT7ynjAcLc
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 17, 2018
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) April 16, 2018
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.
— Hon. Mark Brantley (@markbrantley3) April 16, 2018
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.
Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) His Excellency Brigadier (ret) David Granger, President of Guyana, has condemned the bombing of the train in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Chairman, in a letter to His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, in decrying this “latest terrorist assault on innocent citizens,” said the “unremitting slaughter of innocent people regardless of the objective can never be justified.”
President Granger, in similar vein to sentiments expressed last month in a letter to British Prime Minister, the Honourable Theresa May following the terrorist incident in London, aligned the Community “with all efforts aimed at the eradication of the scourge of terrorism.”