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Gov't refers 30 Windrush Generation cases to British Gov't, two already granted visas

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 9:42 AM
State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Pearnel Charles Jr. - File photo

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Pearnel Charles Jr. has disclosed that the ministry has referred 30 cases related to the Windrush immigration crisis to the British High Commission.

Speaking at the 6thBiennial Jamaican Diaspora UK Conference on Saturday, June 16, Charles Jr 20 of the cases were as a result of the advertisements that were placed in print and on social media.

He indicated that the ministry is aware that two persons on this list were granted visas to travel to the UK, adding that it will continue to closely monitor the situation.

In highlighting the efforts of the government to assist undocumented migrants, the State Minister stated, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade through the Consular Affairs Department and the Jamaican High Commission in London, continue to actively monitor developments to inform our responses and advice to our nationals. The Ministry has consulted with stakeholders including the British High Commission in Kingston, the National Organization of Deported Migrants (NODM); Open Heart Shelter in Montego Bay and Open Arms Shelter in Kingston, in order to identify individuals who may have been deported and are eligible for their cases to be reviewed,”.

The State Minister continued to urge those affected by the Windrush crisis to make contact with the Foreign Ministry in how to pursue their cases by the British High Commission in Kingston.

He also used the occasion to pay tribute, on the behalf of the Government of Jamaica, to the Windrush Generation for their “bravery, endurance and tenacity.” 

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