UK’s May apologises to Caribbean countries over treatment of post-war migrants

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.

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.

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

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.
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CARICOM Chairman condemns acts of terror in UK, Russia

Chair of CARICOM, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana
Chair of CARICOM, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana

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.”