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Britain’s ‘hostile environment policy’

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:13 AM


As an English national visiting Jamaica, I am shamed by my Parliament’s “hostile environment policy” which has already illegally exiled over sixty British subjects of Caribbean heritage in 2018 and continues to deport Caribbean heritage English subjects; despite the subjects having spent their lives in England, having few tangible connections in Jamaica or the Caribbean.

Why the government of Jamaica continues to accept Britain’s Caribbean heritage exiles with weak connections to Jamaica is a mystery.

The well-known immigration attorney Jennifer Housen is perfectly correct to question the Jamaican authority’s continued acceptance of British exiles.

British nationals of Caribbean heritage must ask ourselves why we have completely failed to create any robust political, cultural or financial organisations to represent the concerns of Britain’s Caribbean heritage subjects?

The British government’s “hostile environment policy” encountered little resistance because Britain has no specific organisation that speaks for or represents British subjects of Caribbean heritage. As long as African skinned people remain politically weak, injustice against African skinned people will continue.