Daniel Halliday
Nov 20 · Last update 14 days ago.
What lead to the Windrush Scandal and what will it mean for post-Brexit migrants in the UK?
This political scandal involved the mistreatment of migrants in the UK, are problems such as this likely to continue with European migrants when Britain leaves the European Union in 2019?
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The disorganised nature of Brexit will likely raise many more similar issues
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Destruction of landing cards, a problem that cannot repeat itself
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The UK’s hostile environment policy
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The disorganised nature of Brexit will likely raise many more similar issues

Due to the ferocity with which immigration is being handled and spoken about in the UK and Europe it is likely that scandals such as this will increase in frequency as the country moves forward with Britain's exit of the European Union. The Windrush Scandal was in essence the fault of a hasty, badly thought out policy change to address the public outcry against the government’s immigration stance. As the public’s attitudes seems to have changed little since, and so many decisions remain unresolved so close to the Brexit deal deadline, it is most likely that more will suffer unforeseen immigration issues due to the hasty policy-making being made to rush a failing deal through.

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Destruction of landing cards, a problem that cannot repeat itself

The 2018 Windrush scandal transpired as a result of a 2009 Home Office decision to destroy the landing cards of those who entered the UK as part of the Windrush generation, without any replacement documentation put in place to prove arrival details. To address the scandal apologies from UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Prime Minister Theresa May were made before Amber Rudd stepped down from office. This was followed by policy change, the awarding of compensation and future fees and language tests being removed for citizenship applications for future Windrush applicants. As the UK government have attempted to close this loophole, if immigration scandals occur post-Brexit they will be of a very different nature to this one.

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The UK’s hostile environment policy

The windrush scandal involved the detaining, denying of human rights and the threatening of deportation to a number of British Citizens of Caribbean decent that were part of the ‘Windrush generation’ of Caribbean immigration following the Second World War. The scandal was linked to Theresa May’s own hostile environment policy aimed at curbing immigration in the UK. New Home Secretary Sajid Javid renamed the policy the ‘compliant environment’ policy in the wake of the scandal, but fell short of reviewing the policy itself. As Brexit was decided mainly over the issue of European immigration to the UK, it is likely that this issue will repeat or continue after Britain leaves the EU.

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