Foreign Affairs appeals to affected Windrush Generation to contact ministry for help
Persons who believe they fall within the category of the Windrush Generation or their children are being asked to use the British Home Office website and helpline to contact Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade or to contact the Jamaican High Commission in London to get assistance.
The British government has faced strong criticism over the deportation and the denial of benefits to persons who went to the United Kingdom over 50 years ago to help rebuild post World War II Britain.
It has since offered help to those affected.
Here's where you can get information and assistance.
Home Office: Windrush Helpline (toll free within UK): 0300-123-2241
Home Office: Windrush Helpline (from Jamaica): 011 44 800 678 1925
Jamaican High Commission, London: firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 44 207 823 9911
In an address in the UK Parliament on Monday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the Government will grant citizenship to the Windrush Generation and that it will waive the fees and charges associated with the process.
It was also announced that financial compensation will be given to members of the Windrush Generation negatively affected by enforcement of the earlier change in immigration policy and that the British knowledge and language tests usually applicable to citizenship applications would not be required.
Reacting to the announcement, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, issued a statement welcoming the decision.
“This is an excellent move and it not only answers the questions persons have been asking but certainly delivers what we have been calling for and what Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other CARICOM heads had asked for – that there be some compensatory relief and that the citizenship to which those persons are entitled, be granted,” she said.
“I would like to thank the Caribbean High Commissioners, including our High Commissioner in London, H.E. George Ramocan and others who played their part in achieving the recourse that has been promised. We remain vigilant on the issue such that our Mission in the UK, with whom the Ministry is in regular communication, are monitoring and maintaining contact with the Home Office on the issue,” added Johnson Smith.