What is the Windrush Scandal and why are we campaigning and asking for justice?
The Windrush scandal is a 2018 British scandal concerning people who wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and, in at least 80 plus cases, wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office. Many of those affected had been born British subjects and had arrived in the UK before 1973, particularly from Caribbean countries as members of the "Windrush generation" named after the Empire Windrush, the ship that brought one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK in 1948.
The British Nationality Act 1948 gave citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies status and the right to settle in the UK, to everyone who was at that time a British subject by virtue of having been born in a British colony.
The British Nationality Act with encouragement from British government campaigns also in Caribbean countries led to a wave of immigration. Since 1948 and upto 1970, nearly half a million people moved from the Caribbean to Britain, which in 1948 faced severe labour shortages in the wake of the Second World War. These people, were later referred to as "the Windrush generation".
As well as those who have been wrongly deported, an unknown number have been wrongly detained, lost their jobs or homes, or been denied benefits or medical care to which they were entitled. A number of long-term UK residents werehave been wrongly refused re-entry to the UK, and a larger number been threatened with immediate deportation by the Home Office.
Linked by the "hostile environment policy", the scandal also prompted a wider debate about British immigration policy and Home Office practice.
Sekeena Muncey and Glenda Andrew meet people every day that have been affected or are threatened and still in many cases do not realise what the Windrush Scandal is about and how they could also be affected.
Many children, now adults, whose parents are already deceased, feel they cannot prove their status.
People overseaas unable to return to the UK.
Preston Windrush Generation and Descendants with many others are here to help and support anyone affected.
PWGD UK are here to help people you when they are ready. All we ask is "don't leave it too long!"
So the reason we marched and having to campaign is to tell everyone that what happened to Sekeena Muncey, Ian Gonzales, Sam Stewart, Leonardo Passion, Nike, Owen Hailsey, Trevor Rene,hubert Howard, Glenda Caesar and many many others is wrong – Wrong and ILLEGAL!
All around the UK and abroad people have a right and we have to unite together to help those affected.
Since May we have been in schools, had meetings, conferences and Advocacy surgeries and shared PWGD UK stories. While also helping those too.
We are asing our MPs and councillors schools and businesses to also support the Windrush and Commonwealth, EU citizens together.
Here is a video of Sekeena speaking on Windrush Day 2019 at the SDA Church in Preston!
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