St. Lucia PM says Caribbean leaders will hold UK to promises on Windrush generation

Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Caribbean leaders

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet said following a meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, that Caribbean leaders will be monitoring closely the situation regarding the Windrush generation.

The UK Prime Minister apologized to Caribbean leaders during the meeting on Tuesday this week which emanated from the current crisis with the Windrush Generation of Commonwealth citizens who have reportedly been denied healthcare and threatened with deportation.

The Windrush generation refers to those arriving in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries, most as a response to post-war labour shortages in the UK.

“We know that persons are fearful and we are all very sympathetic to what has happened particularly to a group of people that have made us all so proud,” said PM Chastanet, who is currently the UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

He added, “Prime Minister May was extremely apologetic on her Government’s behalf that this had happened. The Prime Minister says she was appalled given the contribution that the West Indians had made and even more appalled that they came to England by invitation.”

Prime Minister Chastanet was among the leaders at the meeting who have been given assurances by the UK Prime Minister that this matter will be resolved.

He explained that the UK has put together a team to assist in the application process, to ensure there is cross-ministerial support and that there are no costs associated for those affected. The leaders were also assured that a team would assist persons who had already been extradited to give them a path back into the UK.

“We believe that the UK is taking this seriously,” said PM Chastanet. “We take it that the UK is sincere and that this was a mistake and they are incredibly regretful that this has happened. We will be working with the Diaspora to ensure that we follow up on the promises made by the UK Government.”

Prime Minster May met representatives from twelve Caribbean Commonwealth States on April 17 on the matter. Those attending included senior representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.

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10 Comments

  1. UKDominican
    April 19, 2018

    The Evening Standard published an official photograph today with the heads of Commonwelth government, the Queen, Theresa May and baroness Schotland but no mr. Sterrit. What happened to him. He was/is in London and a picture of him meeting Prince Harry earlier in the week was also published what is up? L

  2. i will speak
    April 19, 2018

    you just proved how stupid you are ive known it for years but u just put icing on ur cake

  3. The Windrush generation refers to those arriving in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries, most as a response to post-war labour shortages in the UK.

    Teresa is full of crap, for years the British commencing with Charles suggested that they deported all Black people out of England. Black people especially West Indians colonized by Britain for more than a hundred years while they plundered our islands in the Caribbean, did not simply get up one day and decide to go to England.

    Our people were invited into England to work; when our people arrived there, they all had a black covered passport on which the words “British Passport” was written, in addition to identifying the island Birth place of the holder.

    How can someone not be a British Citizen after seventy years: 2018-1948 = 70 years?

    Hence, 2018-1971 = 47 years! In the British immigration system unless changed after seven (7) years in England foreigners could apply for citizenship.

    Fact is all…

    • Man bite dogs
      April 19, 2018

      Francisco, You full of crap and don’t know what you on about, not one person has been deported with what you on about, When the UK government change the law of emigration most Caribbean people took out the new passport and citizenship some could not be bothered about it, my father was one of that lot and said that he was a British citizen, but when i was about to join the Royal navy it was then something came up and found that he had not apply for a new citizenship certificate, but luckily that didn’t have hinder my application to be considered for the position in the Royal Navy.

      • Shut up fool you do not understand what I conveyed!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Fool, fool, fool, fool, what navy could you have joined, that your father immigration status could have prevented you from joining!

        Lie, lie, lie, lie!

        Guy people many people from the Caribbean over the years left and went to England and simply joined the Army, Navy and Air Force.

        The may have rejected you for some vital reason: (Ah think ah know why but I doh talking eh!) I know but I doh talking!

  4. John
    April 18, 2018

    There were numerous west Indians, Caribbean men who served in the British armed forces honorable during world war two including men from Dominica. Dominican men also served in world war one in the British army in France.

    • Me
      April 19, 2018

      And you know what, they were all British citizens.

  5. Bob
    April 18, 2018

    I don’t think that’s necessary. U.K. Are one of the most integral countries despite some of their history.

    • budman
      April 19, 2018

      huh? ^^ anyone understands this response?

    • CAZO
      April 20, 2018

      HUH!? Looks like someone does not know Caribbean history

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