Windrush scandal: United Kingdom admits 63 people could have been wrongfully deported

Mr Bryan and his wife Janet McKay-Williams who worked tirelessly to secure his release from detention and the threat of deportation

It was the first time specific numbers have been outlined since the scandal involving people who came to the United Kingdom from Commonwealth nations broke.

The deportees could have been descendants of members of the Windrush generation, named after one of the first ships that brought Caribbean migrants to the United Kingdom in 1948, after the Second World War.

He said the figures were provisional.

The investigation was part of efforts to tackle the scandal of people arriving legally before 1973 who more recently have been told to leave or been denied jobs, healthcare and homes because they do not have documents proving their right to live in Britain.

Sajid Javid told the Home Affairs Select Committee 32 were foreign offenders and 31 people removed by officials rather than a court order.

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In his first appearance before a Commons committee since becoming Home Secretary, Mr Javid said Home Office officials were urgently trying to establish how many Windrush immigrants may have been deported from the United Kingdom, and how many of them were wrongly removed. Many came to the United Kingdom legally as children but have no formal documentation, which has also led to them being refused jobs or healthcare.

In documents submitted to the committee, the Home Office said in five of the cases it is trying to remove or has removed the person again after no legal basis was found for them remaining in the UK.

Javid said that the figures were not conclusive and could change as his department continues their examination of deportation records.

The United Kingdom could have wrongly deported up to 63 immigrants of Caribbean origin, it emerged Tuesday, in the latest embarrassing revelation of a mounting scandal that has damaged the reputation of British prime minister Theresa May.

He said a Home Office helpline had received more than 11,500 calls, of which 4,482 were identified as possible Windrush cases and referred to a departmental taskforce. "I also want to know the figures of those who have been detained", she said.

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