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303 Indians who arrived in UK between 1948 and 1988 get British citizenship

Indians are the second-highest number of citizens affected by the Windrush row after Jamaica, whose 1,438 citizens top the list. The latest figures were provided by home secretary Sajid Javid to the home affairs select committee of parliament on Monday.

world Updated: Dec 18, 2018 23:50 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
The Theresa May government has granted British citizenship to 303 Indians who arrived in the country between 1948 and 1988 but still had an uncertain residency status (File Photo)
The Theresa May government has granted British citizenship to 303 Indians who arrived in the country between 1948 and 1988 but still had an uncertain residency status (File Photo)(Reuters)
         

Britain has granted citizenship to 303 Indians who arrived between 1948 and 1988 and whose uncertain residency status was part of the Windrush controversy that embarrassed the Theresa May government during the April Commonwealth summit.

Indians are the second-highest number of citizens affected by the row after Jamaica, whose 1,438 citizens top the list. The latest figures were provided by home secretary Sajid Javid to the home affairs select committee of parliament on Monday.

The workers who came to Britain after the Second World War are called the Windrush generation, comprising mostly citizens from Caribbean countries. They are named so after the MV Empire Windrush ship that brought them to Britain.

Many in the Windrush generation stayed on in Britain over the decades but did not obtain necessary documents to regularise their stay, resulting in some being deported, others facing problems in employment and other areas due lack of paperwork.

According to the new update, the status of 303 Indians has been regularised: they have either been granted British citizenship or documents showing they have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or ‘no time limit’ to stay in the country.

Of the 303, 247 came to the UK before 1973 and 44 between 1973 and 1988. The figure also includes nine family members and one categorised as ‘unrecorded’. Two Indians who applied overseas as part of the Windrush process were also granted citizenship.

“Over 1,000 cases remain outstanding which, due to their complexity, are taking longer than anticipated to process…I can reassure members that my department remains entirely focussed on righting the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation”, Sajid told the committee.

The Home Office set up a task force to deal with the issue after the controversy arose during the Commonwealth meet. Prime Minister May and Javid have since apologised; a compensation scheme is also on the cards.