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Families of dead Windrush citizens to receive gov’t apology

SORRY: Home secretary Sajid Javid will personally apologise to the relatives of the deceased

THE FAMILIES of three Windrush citizens who were wrongly removed from the UK and have since died are to receive an apology from the home secretary.

The UK government had sought Jamaica’s help in finding 13 people who they identified as having been removed from the UK in error.

Kamina Johnson-Smith, Jamaica’s foreign minister, has since revealed that three individuals on the list were deceased.

The relatives of the three individuals will receive a personal apology from the government in the form of a letter from Javid.

“Three of the 18 people have been confirmed as having died.
“The Home Secretary will be writing to the families of the deceased, as well as the other 15 people identified, to offer a personal apology.

“We are working closely with Caribbean High Commissioners and Governments to do this,” ITV reported a spokeswoman for the Home Office said.

It is understood that UK officials have made contact with the majority of the surviving people on the list of 13, but that they have requested Jamaica’s help in locating two of the 10 surviving individuals.

Last week Javid apologised to 18 members of the Windrush Generation who his department believe were removed or detained in error.

He said: “The experiences faced by some members of the Windrush Generation are completely unacceptable and I am committed to righting the wrongs of the past.

“I would like to personally apologise to those identified in our review and am committed to providing them with the support and compensation they deserve.

“We must do everything we can to ensure that nothing like this happens again – which is why I have asked an independent adviser to look at what lessons we can learn from Windrush.”

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