Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)

Press Release – “Damning Verdict” on Home Office “Insitutional Racism”: Shadow Immigration Minister Reacts to Windrush Lessons Learned

Mar 19, 2020 | Press Releases

Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister has called the Windrush Lessons Learned Review “a damning verdict on the institutional racism of the Home Office”, citing its criticisms of net migration targets, Windrush compensation and wider departmental culture.

Reacting to Windrush Lessons Learner, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Shadow Immigration Minister said:

“The Windrush Lessons Learned Review is a damning verdict on the institutional racism of the Home Office, which must not be drowned out amidst the current state of national emergency.

“The review again highlights the tension between treating people fairly and compassionately under a numbers-based immigration system and reaffirms the continued failure to deliver justice to victims of the scandal since it first came to light.

“Its finding that key arbitrary migration targets put pressure on Home Office staff to make things difficult for anyone looking to come here provides another imperative for the Government to think twice about pushing ahead with its new points-based system.

“The review also reaffirms that the Government must now focus on removing obstacles from compensation claimants. We must recognise that delivering justice for victims of the Windrush scandal will be impossible as long as the hostile environment that created it remains in place.

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Notes:

  1. ‘Home Office showed ‘institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness’ towards race, Windrush report finds’, The Independent (19/03/2020)