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Sajid Javid gives CARICOM high commissioners Windrush update

WINDRUSH WRONGS: Sajid Javid says he wants to rectify injustices

HOME SECRETARY Sajid Javid met with CARICOM high commissioners last week to give them an update on the Windrush immigration situation.

High commissioners from the Caribbean, including Guy Hewitt, the high commissioner of Barbados in London, a prominent advocate of the Windrush generation, discussed the Windrush scandal and solutions.

Hewitt said: “As High Commissioner for Barbados, I am delighted that we have come so far so quickly and I can end my tour of duty [in August 2018] with a sense of achievement. We have been able to make a considerable difference to the lives of elderly, West Indian migrants in Britain,” The Nation reported.

The high commissioners also spoke with Martin Force, QC, the Windrush compensation scheme independent adviser and Wendy Williams, will oversee the Windrush review.

In the aftermath of the scandal, a taskforce was set up to help members of the Windrush generation resolve their immigration issues and confirm their citizenship status.

Under the measures outlined by the government, eligible people can apply for citizenship free of charge.

The government also announced a compensation scheme to provide financial recompense to people caught up in the scandal.

“The wrongs suffered by the Windrush generation shocked us all and since becoming home secretary I have made it my personal mission to rectify the injustices of the past,” Javid wrote in The Guardian last week.

Javid has said that he is meeting with the high commissioners from the Caribbean on a regular basis to keep them updated on the progress of the government’s response.

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