Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Windrush scandal: United Kingdom admits 63 people could have been wrongfully deported

Windrush scandal: United Kingdom admits 63 people could have been wrongfully deported

She said "a number of steps" have been taken to help members of the Windrush generation to obtain documents showing their legal right to be in the country or to "take up that offer of citizenship that has been given".

Today, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has admitted that more than 60 people caught up in the Windrush scandal may have been wrongly deported, and there could be more.

Of this number, 32 have been convicted of a crime, while 31 had been subject to "administrative" removals for an unspecified other reason.

"My priority is first of all I want to know if anyone has been wrongly deported or removed from the country", he said.

The Home Secretary emphasised that the figures are not final and are subject to change.

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Javid said if people had been wrongfully detained it was "unacceptable", but he admitted it was not top of his list to deal with.

Mr Javid denied there was a "systemic" problem in the department, but acknowledged that in the Windrush cases people had faced "too large a burden" in proving their long-term residency.

According to a letter sent to MPs on the committee by Home Office permanent Secretary Sir Philip Rutnam, there have been 17 cases where deported Windrush immigrants have returned to the United Kingdom since 2015.

Mr Rutnam's letter also reveals that a helpline set up to resolve Windrush generation cases has so far received 11,500 calls.

Almost 1,500 appointments had been booked, resulting in 526 people receiving documents which confirmed their right to live in Britain, he said.

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