Home Office Issues 'Call For Evidence' In Wake Of Windrush Scandal

Home Office Issues 'Call For Evidence' In Wake Of Windrush Scandal

Friday 5th October 2018

The 'lessons learned review' from the Home Office comes after the wrongful detainment, denial of legal rights, threats of deportation and unlawful deportation of members of the Windrush generation.


Earlier this year, it came to light that some of the near half a million Caribbean immigrants to the UK from 1945 to 1970 who had the right to settle, were being wrongly targeted by the Home Office.

The call for evidence, while will run until 19 October 2018, aims to ensure "crucial lessons are identified and learned as quickly as possible, to prevent something like this happening again."

The Home Office is mainly focused on organisations involved in the immigration process, in particular:

  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Immigration lawyers
  • Advice organisations
  • Employers
  • Landlords
  • Local authorities
  • Charities
  • Think tanks
  • Academics

Key areas of the review

The review is looking to answer the principal legislative, policy and operational decisions which led to members of the Windrush generation becoming entangled in measures designed for illegal immigrants.

They are mainly focused on why the issues were not identified sooner and want to know what lessons the Home Office can learn to make sure it does things differently in the future.

Organisations are being asked if they believe corrective measures are now in place and if so, to assess their initial impact.

The Home Office stated:
"We will study and read carefully everything you tell us, and, where relevant, will consider it as part of the evidence base for the review."

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