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.

Government taking ‘urgent action’ to help Windrush generation

19 April 2018

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

19 April 2018

Leeds’ West Indian population react to the Windrush scandal

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’

17 April 2018

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

17 April 2018

Theresa May ‘genuinely sorry’ for Windrush controversy

17 April 2018

Windrush controversy: May meets Caribbean leaders

17 April 2018

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

16 April 2018

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

16 April 2018

Caribbean Commissioners complain over threats to long-term UK residents

12 April 2018

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

12 Apr 2018

Grandfather resident in UK since 1961 threatened with deportation given reprieve

4 Apr 2018

Man who faced being sent back to Jamaica allowed to stay

27 Feb 2018

Grandfather of seven fears deportation after decades in the UK

25 Jan 2018