Theresa May to hold ‘Windrush’ meeting with Caribbean leaders after U-turn
A Downing Street U-turn will see Theresa May now meet with Caribbean leaders over problems faced by “Windrush” generation UK residents.
The Prime Minister had come under pressure after it was revealed a request for talks by Commonwealth heads of government had initially been turned down.
Caribbean leaders have expressed concern at immigration problems suffered by those who have lived in Britain for the majority of their lives, but have recently encountered difficulties when finding work, accessing NHS care or trying to secure housing.
It comes after a recent tightening of UK immigration law saw long-time British residents face demands for documentation.
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes appeared to confirm reports some people have even been deported as a result of not having the right paperwork, as she spoke of “horrendous situations”.
But, Ms Nokes could not reveal the number of people affected.
It is estimated as many as 50,000 Windrush generation UK residents are facing problems, with the row escalating as Caribbean leaders arrived in London for the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this week.