The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, apologized today to representatives of twelve Caribbean countries for the threats of deportation to the immigrants from that region who moved to the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971.
Most of these people came to the country with their parents, who were invited by the British Government to cover the lack of manpower after the Second World War, but their legal situation remained in the air after a hardening of the rules of immigration that May promulgated in 2012, when she was Minister of the Interior.
The head of the Conservative Government met today in her official Downing Street office with her Jamaican counterpart, Andrew Holness, and other representatives of Caribbean countries, and expressed her “genuine apologies” for the “anxiety” that the situation may have caused. the immigrants.
“I want to dispel any impression that my government is in some way acting against Commonwealth citizens, particularly those who come from the Caribbean,” May said at that meeting.
“I do not want anyone to have any doubt about their right to remain here, in the United Kingdom,” the prime minister added.
The authorities request between one and four documents proving their stay in the country for each year that the immigrant has been in the United Kingdom.
The thousands of Caribbean immigrants who face this situation are known as the “Windrush generation”, in reference to the MV Empire Windrush, which on June 22, 1948 disembarked in Essex (East of England) to 492 passengers from Jamaica, Trinidad , Tobago and other Caribbean islands.