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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on the United Kingdom to ensure “fair and just” compensation to people of the so-called Windrush generation and their children, who have been harassed over their legal status in that country. Holness, in an interview with international news agency, Financial Times, said the UK had “deprived many of their rights [?.?.?.] and it has caused human suffering”. He recalled that some children of the Windrush generation, who moved from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom several decades ago, have been stopped from returning to Britain after recent visits to Jamaica. The prime minister said while he did not know of anyone in the Windrush generation being deported to Jamaica, some of their children had been unable to return to the UK. “Not first generation Windrush, but their children in a few cases have been brought to my attention, not directly, not seeking my help directly,” he said, adding that many of those persons would have had to get attorneys to sort out their issues and he knows at least one of them would have successfully returned to the UK. “It does leave a bad taste in the sense that Jamaicans were asked to leave Jamaica, invited to come here to work to rebuild the country after World War II, many having served in the army in the war, and are having now to be literally rejected and placed in a stateless category almost,” he said. “It does take away the dignity of the person and it must very well play upon the conscience of the country,” Holness told the Financial Times. “We are very happy that it has reached a stage where it appears that there will be a fair and reasonable resolution.”...Read more
Jamaica Observer l Thursday April 19, 2018
Holness wants UK to compensate Windrush generation