Citizenship and Related Issues

Windrush Scheme


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Windrush Scheme

Mains level : Changing visa norms across the world and its implication on Indians

  • UK has issued another personal apology for the Windrush scandal, involving migrants being wrongly denied their British citizenship rights.
  • A latest official update revealed that hundreds more Indians were confirmed as British Citizens.

Windrush Scheme

  • The Windrush Scheme enables Commonwealth citizens, their children, and some other long term residents of the UK to obtain documentation confirming their status free of charge.
  • The Windrush generation refers to citizens of former British colonies who arrived before 1973, when the rights of such Commonwealth citizens to live and work in Britain were substantially curtailed.
  • While a large proportion of them were of Jamaican/Caribbean descent who came on the ship Windrush, Indians and other South Asians were also affected by the UK government’s handling of their immigration status.
  • A total of 737 Indians have been able to confirm their status in the wake of the scandal involving Commonwealth nationals wrongly denied their citizenship rights in Britain.
  • A majority of them (559) had arrived in the UK before 1973, when the immigration rules had changed, while the others either arrived later or were a family member of the so-called “Windrush generation”.
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