The home secretary for the UK, Sajid Javid has announced that the government will now pay up to £200 million in compensation to people who were harmed by the mistaken classification of thousands of long-term residents. In the recent "Windrush scandal," many homeowners with a tier 2 work permit, spouse visa, or right to remain in the country with UK visas were classified as illegal immigrants.
The announcement regarding the compensation comes around a year after the government admitted that their treatment of the Windrush generation had been unacceptable. According to Javid, nothing that the Home Office does will be able to wipe away the history that those people with UK visas faced, but the new compensation offer is here to help. The home secretary also confirmed that there would be no cap on the fund.
As part of the new Immigration UK compensation plan, payments will not be restricted exclusively to people from the Caribbean. Anyone who has been in the UK since 1988 who was classified incorrectly as being in the country illegally and may have lost their right to work and access healthcare, as a result, will be compensated.
The total number of people in the UK that were affected by the Windrush scandal is uncertain. However, according to research into UK visa figures, more than 5,000 people have been given documentation by the taskforce responsible for Windrush in the last year. Another 3,674 people have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
A reception has already been organised for some of the people who were affected by the Windrush scandal. However, some people complained about the fact that they were not invited to attend. The event was planned as a private experience too, which meant that there were no media involved to give insight to the outside world.