Windrush migrants deported from the UK, Javid admits

Sajid Javid told MPs that 63 long-term British residents could have been kicked out of the country- and admitted that the true figure could be even higher

Sajid Javid told MPs that 63 long-term British residents could have been kicked out of the country- and admitted that the true figure could be even higher

Sixty-three members of the Windrush generation could have been wrongly deported or removed from Britain, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has disclosed.

Although Mr Javid stressed the figure was provisional, his admission gave an indication of the scale of the exercise facing the Home Office.

The Windrush migrants arrived between the late 1940s and 1973, mainly from the Caribbean, but some have been threatened with deportation in recent years.

Thirty-two were deported foreign offenders and a further 31 people were administratively removed after being told to leave by officials, rather than following a court order.

Appearing in front of the home affairs select committee yesterday for the first time as home secretary, Sajid Javid, told MPs that 63 individuals had been identified as possible wrongful deportees. So far, 526 people have been issued documents confirming their legal right to live in the UK.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs committee this afternoon Mr Javid- who became Home Secretary last month after the resignation of Amber Rudd- provided an update on the response to the Windrush scandal

In his first appearance before a Commons committee since becoming Home Secretary, Mr Javid said Home Office officials were urgently trying to establish how many Windrush immigrants may have been deported from the United Kingdom, and how many of them were wrongly removed.

All but one left the United Kingdom "voluntarily" after being told to leave, he said.

"We have found 63 cases where individuals could have entered the United Kingdom before 1973 [and were eligible for protection from removal]", Mr Javid told MPs.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a government review to understand how members of the Windrush generation "came to be entangled in measures" created to tackle illegal immigration.

For weeks, the Home Office under Amber Rudd said repeatedly that they were not aware of any Windrush deportations, although they were checking. "I also want to know the figures of those who have been detained", she said.


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