Windrush Coalition

IMiX, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Praxis Community Projects, Runnymede Trust, Refugee and Migrant Centre

 

IMiX and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants worked with Praxis Community Projects, Runnymede Trust, and Refugee and Migrant Centre, and Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, on a campaign to ensure that “the Windrush generation” were recognised formally as British Citizens

Many Windrush people had, since around 2012, been targeted by the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ policy – stopping them from working, renting property, or accessing benefits and services, and in some cases meaning they were detained or deported – as they didn’t have adequate paperwork to prove their right to live in the UK. Many turned to charities for help.

This coalition of charities used the Commonwealth Summit as a political moment to raise the issue. Working with parliamentarians, High Commissioners, other NGOs, and journalists, we used testimony from affected people who bravely spoke out about their experiences to create public anger – measured through a public facing petition – to exert political pressure on the government to act.

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