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PERSPECTIVE

Windrush scandal: 'People have been denied their civil liberties'

The scandal made headlines in the United Kingdom this year, prompting an apology from British Prime Minister Theresa May and leading to the resignation of the country's home secretary. The Windrush generation of Commonwealth citizens have been denied healthcare, benefits, pensions and passports, stripped of their jobs and threatened with deportation despite being residents in the UK for decades. Dozens have even been wrongly deported.

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Many came from African and Caribbean countries and arrived in Britain between 1948 and 1971 to fill labour shortages after World War II, under a rule allowing freedom of movement within the Commonwealth. For this Perspective interview, France 24 speaks to British activist and social commentator Patrick Vernon about the government’s handling of the crisis so far.

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