Celebrating the Windrush generation
Croydon is a welcoming borough promoting inclusion and diversity, and whilst we do not have exact figures, we believe Croydon is home to many commonwealth citizens of the ‘Windrush’ generation. In 2018 we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation and have committed to continue celebrating national Windrush Day each year.
Between now and October 2019 we are holding a series of events including a film night, a street carnival and a dinner dance. To find our event listing, you can:
The council’s motion
In December 2018, the council called on government to bring to an end to the hostile environment policies and pledges support for local Croydon residents that had been affected by those policies.
Croydon council resolved to:
- call on central government not to cap compensation amounts payable to victims of the ‘hostile environment’ under its compensation scheme or to apply confidentiality agreements, time limits and other arbitrary restrictions
- support for the call for fees for naturalisation to be waived for all who have been affected
- oppose the criminalisation of Windrush families under the ‘hostile environment’
- demand that the government fully support advice agencies in their work to achieve justice for all those affected, Croydon and elsewhere
- continue to review our own policies and procedures to ensure that we support those affected
- press the Prime Minister to call for an independent public inquiry into the “Windrush scandal”
Accessing information, support or advice
If you are worried about your rights, having lived in the UK for a long time, refer to the GOV.UK's Windrush Scheme Information. Additionally, the council support the following organisations:
Croydon Law Centre (part of South West London Law Centres)
5th Floor, Davis House
020 8767 2777
Croydon Immigration and Asylum Support Service (IASS)
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and ask for the Immigration and Asylum Support Service
AdviceNow - Immigration and Asylum Guide
There are many rules and regulations about immigration and nationality, and they change often. AdviceNow offer our information top picks on seeking asylum, your rights if you are a refugee, working in the UK, and becoming a British citizen.
UK Border Agency
An agency of the Home Office.
Windrush Generation background
The term windrush generation refers to those invited to relocate from their homes in commonwealth countries to settle in Britain between 1948 to 1971. The first significant number arrived at Tilbury docks aboard HM Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948, from the Caribbean, however, migration was from Africa and Asia as well as the Caribbean.
The 1948 British Nationality Act, established the status of UK citizens and its colonies - anybody who could prove they were born within the British Empire had the right to settle and work in Britain. Indefinite leave to remain was granted in 1971. At the time, it was not unusual for children not to have their own documents travelling on their parents' passports. It has subsequently come to light that Home Office has not kept detailed records of arrivals. Since 2012, it has been the specific aim of government immigration policy to create a “hostile environment” for those without lawful right to live in the UK.
This policy has created an issue for the ‘windrush generation’ unable to evidence or demonstrate their lawful status when facing immigration checks to continue working, access services or even to remain in the UK. It has led to access to benefits, healthcare, social housing and caused other to lose their job.