In April, the Guardian exposed the extent to which Theresa May’s “hostile environment” policy has been ruining the lives of people in the Windrush generation for years.
For the past eight months, I’ve been talking to people who came to the UK from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 1960s, writing about what happened when the Home Office branded them illegal immigrants, despite the fact they had been living in the UK for 50 years. Their parents were invited to come here to help rebuild the country after the Second World War. Half a century later, many found themselves homeless, in immigration detention, told they could not work, were not eligible for benefits, and prevented from traveling to see dying relatives. The government’s cruelty towards this generation was unforgivable – and now that former home secretary Amber Rudd has resigned, we look to the future.
What is next for the Windrush generation? Has the government’s commitment to resolve this scandal in two weeks been met? Why are so many Windrush people still facing problems?
Join me on Tuesday 5 June at the Tabernacle in London, as I discuss this and more with healthcare worker and one of those affected, Judy Griffith; Dreda Say Mitchell, novelist and journalist; Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah; with chair Hugh Muir.
All profits will be donated to organisations supporting those affected by the Windrush scandal. Tickets are available here.
Journalist, the Guardian
Amelia Gentleman Journalist, the Guardian