Today (16 March) marks one year since Amber Rudd’s formal apology for her actions against the Windrush migrants: Amnesty examines what really happened, what the effects are to this moment and where the UK government can go from here.
In a new briefing published ahead of the one-year point since the UK Government first acknowledged the Windrush scandal, Amnesty International is warning that the scandal is “far from over” and calls for a series of fundamental reforms.
A year since the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd apologised in the House of Commons on 16 April 2018 for the Home Office’s mistreatment of Windrush individuals, Amnesty is calling on the Home Office to respect rights to British citizenship and for urgent reform to the UK’s immigration system (see recommendations below).
Windrush scandal timeline of key events: April-May 2018
- 16 April 2018: then Home Secretary, Rt Hon Amber Rudd issued a formal apology for Home Office mistreatment of Commonwealth citizens who had settled in the UK decades ago and announced that a Home Office taskforce would be set up to help them establish their longstanding rights to live in the UK.
- 17 April 2018: the Prime Minister met and apologised to 12 Caribbean heads of government.
- 23 April 2018: Amber Rudd announced she would waive Home Office fees and citizenship tests (knowledge of language and life in the UK) for members of the Windrush generation and their children to become British citizens; and ensure people who had been wrongly expelled or excluded from the UK were able to return without having to pay fees. She also announced there would be compensation and lessons would be learned.
- 29 April 2018: Amber Rudd wrote to the Prime Minister to resign as Home Secretary. She was replaced by the current Home Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid, who promised to make good on the commitments his predecessor had made. Read more