Windrush (i.e. Commonwealth) Citizenship Enquiry. What we know so far…
- Total referred for further investigation from enquiries received by Gov’t Task Force: 6,564
- Total given documentation confirming British citizenship or right of residence, etc: 2,398 (Jamaica 1165; other Commonwealth countries 715; Barbados 227; India 106; Grenada 95; Trinidad&Tobago 90)
- Applications from overseas: 32
- Total possible wrongly detained or deported: 164 (including 18 to receive formal apology from British Government). Few of these are deceased.
- Some are being denied British citizenship although (even though they have the right to be in the UK) due to evidence of serious criminality and insufficient countervailing evidence of good character with ‘convictions of 4 years or more for crimes including robbery, the supply of drugs, child sex offences and murder…’ But, should someone with rights to British citizenship be stripped of that right because of convictions or bad character? I don’t think so.
- Commonwealth citizens unsure about their citizenship status can call the Windrush Task Force hotline free: 0800 678 1925
- For recent Home Office Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/742688/20180921_-_Monthly_update_-_Windrush_.pdf