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Long-term Commonwealth-born UK residents declared “illegal immigrants”

A number of long term commonwealth born UK residents now face job losses, destitution, denial of health services and even deportation because they arrived in the 1950s and 1960s and were never formally naturalised or have no documents to prove their status. One such person is Michael Braithwaite, who arrived in Britain from Barbados in 1961, and worked at a north London primary school for over 15 years when a routine check on his immigration status revealed he did not have an up-to-date identity document. He subsequently lost his job as a result.

High commissioners from all the Caribbean Commonwealth nations and diplomats have met and urged the UK government to adopt a more compassionate approach to such individuals who arrived from Caribbean countries as children and asked the UK government to resolve the immigration anomaly that has left many of these people in considerable hardship and facing deportation, going further to denounced the treatment of these long-term Commonwealth-born UK residents as “illegal immigrants”. More at

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