Windrush Victims Set To Be Paid Up To £200 Million In Compensation

Windrush Victims Set To Be Paid Up To £200 Million In Compensation

April 04, 2019

Since the Windrush Scandal erupted last year, highlighting the widespread negligence of the Home Office and the British government as a whole, the immigration status of thousands of Caribbean immigrants (many of whom moved to the UK after their contributions to the British war effort in World War II) has remained up in the air, with the threat of deportation looming ever large.

That changes today. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has finally announced that the Government will pay up to £200m (though Javid has since admitted that figure could rise to over £310 million) in compensation to the people whose lives were damaged by the Home Office's mistaken classification of thousands of long-term British residents as illegal immigrants. While a lot of the damage wreaked by the catastrophic mistake can never be undone, it is at least encouraging for those fearful of being removed from the country.

Javid said: "Nothing we say or do will ever wipe away the hurt, the trauma, the loss that should never have been suffered by the men and women of the Windrush generation, but together we can begin to right the wrongs of Windrush."

Words: Aaron Bishop