Immigration: Windrush Generation

Home Office written question – answered on 21st December 2018.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of members of the Windrush generation who were deported to other countries and have subsequently requested compensation.

Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of members of the Windrush generation who were detained at an immigration centre and have subsequently requested compensation.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office wrote to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 21 August with the initial findings of the Historical Review of removals and detentions. The Historical Review identified 14 people who had been detained in an Immigration Removal Centre. Regular updates have been provided to the committee and this information is available in the library of the House. As set out in the letter to the Committee of 12 November, the department initially excluded all individuals with a “criminal case type” marker. We reviewed this approach to ensure we have not adopted too broad a definition and revised our methodology. However, individuals who have been deported following a criminal conviction in the UK continue to be excluded from the review. We will continue to keep the Home Affairs Select Committee updated.

The Government has committed to establishing a compensation scheme specifically for those members of the Windrush generation who suffered a loss as a result of difficulties in establishing their lawful immigration status. Details of the scheme and how to apply for compensation will be announced as soon as possible. Prior to the launch of the compensation scheme it is open to individuals to bring a claim for compensation through the court system.

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