Free British citizenship for members of Windrush generation, UK Home Secretary announces

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd has pledged that the Windrush generation will be granted British citizenship, as the government attempted to draw a line under the scandal.

UK citizenship fees and language tests will be waived for the Windrush generation and their families, Rudd said.

She told MPs she wanted people to have the "formal status" they should have had all along, without having to pay naturalisation fees or pass any tests.

She also vowed speedy compensation for anyone who had "suffered loss".

Labour said the "buck stopped" with Rudd for a crisis which had brought "shame" on the government.

In a statement to Parliament, Rudd she also suggested the citizenship offer would apply not just to the families of Caribbean migrants who came to the UK between 1948 and 1973 but anyone from other Commonwealth nations who settled in the UK over the same period.

Rudd apologised again for changes to immigration rules - dubbed the "hostile environment" policy - which she said had had a "unintended and devastating" impact on the Windrush generation.

- BBC

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