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More than 60 nationalities referred to Windrush taskforce

WINDRUSH: Diane Abbott has said the true scale of the Windrush scandal is yet to be revealed

CITIZENS FROM more than 60 countries have been affected by the Windrush crisis, the Home Office has revealed.

Despite the Windrush taskforce having been set up to address the immigration struggles of Caribbean migrants, the Home Office has disclosed that 64 nationalities have been referred to the scheme, it has been reported.

In addition to the affected Caribbean islands, citizens from European countries including France and Germany and Commonwealth countries including Nigeria and Australia have been directed to the Windrush taskforce because of their immigration status struggles.

The Windrush taskforce was set up by the government to help members of the Windrush Generation who have had difficulty proving their right to work, live and access benefits in the UK.

The scheme helps those affected to apply for British citizenship free of charge.

Labour MP Diane Abbott has responded to the figures.

She said: “Too often the public are given the impression this only affects people from the Caribbean when it is the whole Commonwealth. The true scale of the Windrush scandal is yet to be revealed.”

Since September, 66 per cent of people granted status after being referred to the Windrush taskforce were from the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada, with 30 per cent being from “other nationalities”.

“Everywhere you turn, they ask for more proof. It’s that hostile environment. They’re saying it’s just the Windrush Generation, but it spans much wider. I know loads of Nigerian families that have been affected,” The Independent reported one Nigerian woman who has lived in the UK for 30 years and was referred to the Windrush taskforce said.

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes has said that she is “determined we will right the wrongs experienced”.

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