New British PM to grant Nigerian, other Commonwealth illegal immigrants amnesty

Nigerian and other Commonwealth states illegal immigrants in the United Kingdom may be set to receive amnesty in the wake of the emergence of former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson as the new British Prime Minister.

While serving as the Foreign Secretary, he challenged Theresa May to introduce an amnesty for illegal immigrants during the Windrush scandal.

He had told Cabinet that there needs to be a “broader” amnesty for those from Commonwealth nations and elsewhere, provided they are “squeaky clean” and do not have criminal records.

He made his call during Parliamentary Debates on the treatment of migrants in the wake of the Windrush immigration scandal, with Mr Johnson among several Cabinet ministers urging a more liberal approach.

It would be recalled that the Windrush scandal is a 2018 British political scandal concerning people who were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and, in at least 83 cases, wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office.

Many of those affected had been born British subjects and had arrived in the UK before 1973, particularly from Caribbean countries as members of the “Windrush generation” (so named after the Empire Windrush, the ship that brought one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK in 1948).

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