The Windrush generation scandal

Learn more about the Windrush generation scandal and the experiences of Caribbean-born British citizens who have been affected by the 2014 Immigration Act.

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Perspectives on the Windrush generation scandal: An interview with Judy Griffith

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Judy Griffith

In July 2018 the British Library interviewed Judy Griffith, who came to Britain as a child in 1963 from Barbados. She is one of many of the Windrush generation who have had their status as British citizens questioned, despite having indefinite leave to remain as a Commonwealth citizen.

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Perspectives on the Windrush generation scandal: A response from David Lammy MP

Article by:
David Lammy

Framed by reflections on the relationship between Britain and the Caribbean, David Lammy MP speaks about the Windrush generation scandal and the actions he has taken as a campaigner in defence of those who have been affected.

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Perspectives on the Windrush generation scandal: an account by Amelia Gentleman

Article by:
Amelia Gentleman

Amelia Gentleman highlights the experiences of some of the people who have been affected by the Windrush generation scandal, discusses the role of journalism in demonstrating the scale of the problem, and reports on the government’s response.

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Further themes

Waves of history

Following Columbus’ ‘discovery’ of the Americas in the late 15th century European imperial powers transformed the Caribbean. Explore the history of the region, the legacies of enslavement and colonialism, and how Caribbean society has been deeply shaped by rebellion, resistance and ideas of freedom.

The arrivants

From the late 1940s to the early 1960s thousands of men, women and children left the Caribbean, by sea and by air, for Britain. They were encouraged by the 1948 British Nationality Act that granted citizenship and right of abode in the UK to all members of the British Empire. Why did people come? What did they leave behind? What did they find when they arrived, and how did they shape Britain?

Authors, artists and activists

From Samuel Selvon’s Lonely Londoners to Andrea Levy’s Small Island; from calypso to the birth of Black British music; and the pioneering work of activists, journalists and teachers. Explore how the experiences of migration and settling in the UK, alongside the political landscapes of the Caribbean and Britain, have led to new artistic expressions, cultural movements and waves of activism.

The Windrush generation scandal

Learn more about the Windrush generation scandal and the experiences of Caribbean-born British citizens who have been affected by the 2014 Immigration Act.