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Windrush migrants homeless a month after May’s apology

STRUGGLING: Dozens of members of the Windrush generation are still feeling the affects of the government's mistakes

MEMBERS OF the Windrush generation are sleeping rough a month after Theresa May apologised to those affected.

The government has made promises to resolve the immigration crisis and hold an internal review.

One man waiting for his right to live in the UK to be confirmed by the Home Office told the Guardian he was living “hand-to-mouth” and another was relying on support from his brother and sofa-surfing.

Balvin Marshall is among those affected by the crisis and one of dozens who is homeless after losing work as a result of not being able to prove his right to work in the UK.

Marshall, 64, told The Guardian he had been sleeping on park benches as he had nowhere to live. He is waiting for an appointment with the Home Office.

“At this moment I have no address. Where I sleep tonight, I am yet to work out,” Marshall said.

Sally Daghlian, chief executive of the immigration charity Praxis, said: “It is not possible to quantify the number of people who have been made homeless. Many may have simply become part of the long-term homeless population, struggling to survive day to day.”

She added: “There is an urgent need for an outreach programme to find people who may be homeless or being supported by others as a result of Windrush.”

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, said: “It is yet another abject failure that Windrush citizens are being left homeless and hungry on the streets.

“I fought back tears for most of my constituency surgery last Friday hearing so many stories of depression, suicidal thoughts and exploitation.”

Kate Osamor, the Labour and Co-op MP for Edmonton and shadow secretary for international development, said that one of her constituents was homeless and relying on food banks to survive.

Lloyd Grant, 59, left Jamaica in 1970 aged 11.He was told that he not allowed to work and live in the UK, despite having the right to do so.

Osamor said: “My constituent Mr Grant is homeless, relying on food banks, friends and family to survive after having worked and paid taxes in a country he arrived legally to. His case needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. The emotional distress is overwhelming.”

One of Lammy’s constinutents was arrested and taken to HM Pentonville on a charge of handling stolen goods 20 years ago after attending the MP’s surgery.

The Home Office had requested to meet with members of the Windrush generation at Lammy’s constituency surgery.

The man’s arrest came when he attended an appointment with the Home Office days after their visit to Lammy’s constituency.

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