Britain’s Interior Minister Amber Rudd on Monday apologised to thousands of British residents who arrived from the Caribbean decades, local media reported.
It added that they were also denied basic rights after being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants.
It said over 140 members of parliament have signed a letter to the prime minister.
They however called on her to resolve an anomaly that means many people who arrived in Britain as children between 1948 and 1971 are being denied health services.
They were also prevented from working and in some cases threatened with deportation.
“I do not want of any of the Commonwealth citizens who are here legally to be impacted in the way they have and frankly, some of the way they have been treated has been wrong.
“It has been appalling and I am sorry.
“That is why I am setting up a new area in my department to ensure that we have completely new approach to how their situation is regularised,” Rudd told parliament.
The immigrants are named after the Windrush, one of the first ships that brought Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948 in the aftermath of World War Two, when labour shortages meant that people from the Commonwealth, a network of mostly former British colonies, were invited to help rebuild the economy.
“It’s disgraceful that the rights of the Windrush Generation have been brought into question by this government and that some have been wrongfully deported,” said Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party.
According to Britain’s National Archives, almost half a million people left their homes in the West Indies to live in Britain between 1948 and 1970.
British media have reported cases such as a man who was denied treatment for cancer and a special needs teaching assistant who lost his job after being accused of being illegal immigrants in spite of living in Britain for over 40 years.
The communities and local government minister Sajid Javid said he was “deeply concerned” by the issues and the government is looking into solutions.
“This should not happen to people who have been longstanding pillars of our community,” he said.
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