Windrush scandal: Concern over wait for compensation – BBC News

‘Campaigners say they are concerned about the low number of compensation payments to victims of the Windrush scandal.’

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BBC News, 4th May 2021

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500 Windrush victims waiting more than a year for compensation – The Independent

Posted May 4th, 2021 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, delay, immigration, news by tracey

‘The government is being urged to remove the Windrush compensation scheme from the Home Office after new data showed 214 applicants have been waiting more than 18 months and five people more than two years.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2021

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Windrush scandal victim Richard Black to return to UK after 38-year exile – The Independent

Posted April 30th, 2021 in citizenship, colonies, holidays, immigration, news, passports, visas by tracey

‘A Windrush man who has been stranded in Trinidad and Tobago for almost 40 years after his UK citizenship was withdrawn is set to return to Britain.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2021

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Home Office Windrush decision was irrational, holds High Court – EIN Blog

Posted April 27th, 2021 in citizenship, colonies, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘Hubert Howard was born in 1956 and came to the United Kingdom in 1960, aged almost 4 from Jamaica. He was part of the Windrush Generation. No doubt like all West Indians of that time, including my parents, he thought he was a British Citizen.’

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EIN Blog, 27th April 2021

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Home Office unlawfully refused Windrush citizens status over minor criminal records, High Court rules – The Independent

‘Windrush victims have been unlawfully denied British citizenship on the grounds of minor criminal records, the High Court has ruled. In a judgement handed down on Friday, the Home Office was found to have wrongly imposed the “good character” requirement on Windrush cases, which led to people who have been in Britain for decades being refused citizenship on the basis of minor convictions.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2021

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British nationality law reform aims to remove Windrush anomalies – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2021 in citizenship, colonies, deportation, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘British nationality laws are to be reformed to remove a number of anomalies that have recently led to people from the Windrush generation being refused citizenship – despite the Home Office admitting that its own errors led to them being ruled ineligible.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2021

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An introduction to the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa – Home Office

Posted February 1st, 2021 in China, colonies, government departments, Hong Kong, immigration, press releases, visas by tracey

‘This leaflet provides the key points of the Hong Kong BN(O) visa, including who can apply, how to apply, costs and eligibility requirements.’

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Home Office, 31st January 2021

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UN court rules UK has no sovereignty over Chagos islands – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2021 in Chagos Islands, colonies, international law, news, United Nations by tracey

‘The maritime law tribunal of the United Nations has ruled that Britain has no sovereignty over the Chagos Islands.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2021

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Special UK visa for Hong Kong residents from Sunday – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2021 in China, colonies, Hong Kong, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘About 300,000 people are expected to leave Hong Kong for Britain using a new visa route which opens on Sunday. Hong Kong’s British National (Overseas) passport holders and their immediate dependants will be able to apply for the visa using a smartphone app.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2021

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Home Office ignored warnings that could have prevented Windrush suffering, finds watchdog – The Independent

Posted January 14th, 2021 in citizenship, colonies, government departments, immigration, news, reports by tracey

‘The Home Office ignored warnings that could have prevented some of the suffering experienced by the Windrush generation, the government’s own immigration watchdog has said.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2021

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All Windrush victims to get at least £10,000 – BBC News

‘The government is to give more money to victims of the Windrush scandal, which saw hundreds of people wrongly threatened with deportation.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2020

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Home Office sued by family of Windrush man refused UK citizenship – The Guardian

‘The family of a Windrush man denied British citizenship on the grounds that he failed a good character requirement are suing the Home Office to try to change legislation, arguing the rules are racially discriminatory.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2020

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Racism within the Windrush compensation scheme – The Guardian

‘The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman wrote her first story on the Windrush scandal almost three years ago – yet she is still hearing from people facing injustice. Alexandra Ankrah, the most senior black Home Office employee in the team responsible for the Windrush compensation scheme, discusses why she resigned this year, describing the scheme as systemically racist and unfit for purpose while Samantha Cooper describes her frustrations with trying to access financial help.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2020

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Windrush: two years on, victims describe long waits and ‘abysmal’ payouts – The Guardian

‘Applicants to the Windrush compensation scheme have spoken about the difficulties they have experienced in securing payouts. Some are concerned by the long delays between applying and being awarded damages, others have expressed unhappiness about the amount they have been offered.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2020

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Windrush: At least nine victims died before getting compensation – BBC News

‘At least nine people have died before receiving money applied for through the Windrush compensation scheme, according to Home Office figures.’

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BBC News, 2nd November 2020

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Windrush man wrongly classified as illegal immigrant left destitute for a year – The Guardian

‘An electrician who was wrongly classified as being an illegal immigrant, despite living in London for more than 45 years, was destitute as he waited a year for the Windrush taskforce to decide on his application to stay in the UK, the parliamentary ombudsman has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2020

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What Should Reparations For Slavery Look Like? – Each Other

‘The debate around reparations for colonialism and slavery has often been an explosive one. It is often dismissed as far removed from reality, relating to events in the distant past. But the legacy and consequences of colonialism are material, living, and breathing – which makes debates around colonial restitution as relevant now as they have ever been, argues Nadine Batchelor-Hunt.’

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Each Other, 22nd October 2020

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Windrush report author attacks Home Office’s response – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2020 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, diversity, government departments, news, reports by tracey

‘The Home Office has failed to make adequate progress in reviewing its hostile environment policies and must swiftly prove that it is not merely paying “lip service” to the idea of reform, the author of a damning report into the Windrush scandal has told MPs.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2020

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Watchdog warns Home Office must use ‘neutral language’ after outrage over ‘activist lawyers’ tweet – The Independent

‘A Home Office watchdog has said the department must use “neutral language” after its repeated use of the term “activist lawyer” prompted outrage.’

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The Independent, 15th October 2020

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Windrush payout scheme not fit for purpose, say lawyers – The Guardian

‘The Windrush compensation scheme is failing to provide access to justice and is worsening people’s trauma, according to a letter sent from nine law firms to the home secretary.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2020

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