U.K. apologises for Windrush scandal

The British government apologised on Thursday for its treatment of Britons of Caribbean origin, who were wrongly detained or deported for being illegal immigrants, after the publication of a devastating official report.

Their status was regularised in 1971 but few were given any official documentation. Hundreds and potentially thousands were caught up in immigration clampdowns, with 164 people who arrived before 1973 either detained or deported since 2002.

The inquiry found the Home Office had shown “an institutional ignorance” towards the issue of race and the history”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was “shocked” by the “terrible injustices” involved.

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