12 Apr 2018

The Windrush Generation: Fighting to be British

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

Since January, Channel 4 News has been reporting the plight of the Windrush kids. They came to UK as children, attended British schools, worked British jobs and built British lives. Now thousands of people who arrived in the UK decades ago – in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration in the 1950s and 60s – are living with the threat of deportation.

They came here as children, attended British schools, worked British jobs and built British lives. Now thousands of people who arrived in the UK decades ago – in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration in the 1950s and 60s – are living with the threat of deportation.

Known as the Windrush generation after the British ship ‘The Empire Windrush’, which travelled from the Caribbean to Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948, many have made the UK their home for their entire lives.

Channel 4 News has been following the stories of a few of this generation as they fight for their right to be British – a nationality they had always taken for granted.

A new petition on the government’s website calling on the Home Office to grant them an amnesty has attracted more than 23,000 signatures. The Home Office said it would handle applications to stay “sensitively”.

Watch their moving stories below.

Home Secretary’s denials questioned after letter leak

3m

29 April 2018

Windrush scandal in Jamaica: the effects across the generations

4m

27 April 2018

The Windrush scandal continues: 20 years trying to get a passport

4m

27 April 2018

Windrush Generation: The scandal that shook Britain explained and debated in a Channel 4 News Special

24 April 2018

How children and grandchildren of Windrush have been affected

4m

24 April 2018

Britain leans on former colonies to alleviate NHS crisis amid Windrush scandal

3m

24 April 2018

How we went from open arms for Commonwealth migrants to a “hostile environment.”

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24 April 2018

FactCheck: who destroyed the Windrush landing cards?

By Georgina Lee

Both Labour and the Conservatives have blamed each other for destroying “landing cards” from the Windrush generation. But who’s really responsible? And would they have made made a difference to someone threatened with deportation?

24 April 2018

Man stuck in Jamaica for 15 years

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23 April 2018

In Kingston, Jamaicans tell Channel 4 News of their anger at Britain’s ‘betrayal’

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22 April 2018

Windrush: The man who fought to return home to Britain

4m

21 April 2018

Beverley Knight: ‘There has been a build up of isolationist rhetoric’

8m

21 April 2018

The stories of the Windrush veterans

21 April 2018

Government taking ‘urgent action’ to help Windrush generation

6m

19 April 2018

Winston Robinson; ‘I’ve been unable to work for two years’

3m

19 April 2018

Leeds’ West Indian population react to the Windrush scandal

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19 April 2018

Windrush mother blames immigration problems for son’s death

18 April 2018

Why people invited to the UK faced deportation – explainer

17 April 2018

Former England cricketer Roland Butcher: Windrush generation ‘should have been dealt with humanely’

4m

17 April 2018

Satbir Singh on Windrush: ‘May left toxic legacy for Rudd at Home Office’

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17 April 2018

Theresa May ‘genuinely sorry’ for Windrush controversy

3m

17 April 2018

Windrush controversy: May meets Caribbean leaders

3m

17 April 2018

Caroline Nokes: ‘I’m very sorry that this has come about, but my main priority is to put it right’

5m

16 April 2018

Immigration Minister apologises for ‘terrible mistakes’ over Windrush ‘deportations’

3m

16 April 2018

Caribbean Commissioners complain over threats to long-term UK residents

4m

12 April 2018

Anthony Bryan: ‘I feel as British as anybody here’

3m

12 Apr 2018

Grandfather resident in UK since 1961 threatened with deportation given reprieve

4m

4 Apr 2018

Man who faced being sent back to Jamaica allowed to stay

5m

27 Feb 2018

Grandfather of seven fears deportation after decades in the UK

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25 Jan 2018