Friday 16 November, 2018

Watch: British PM says sorry for treatment of Caribbean immigrants

British Prime Minister Theresa May has personally apologised for the treatment of long-term UK residents from the Caribbean who have been asked to prove their right to stay in the country or face deportation.

The plight of legal residents wrongly identified as living in Britain illegally has erupted as the country hosts leaders from the 53-nation Commonwealth of the UK and its former colonies.

May met with Caribbean leaders and envoys Tuesday, and told them "we are genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused."

People who came to Britain after World War II are known as the "Windrush generation," after the ship Empire Windrush, which carried hundreds of Caribbean immigrants to Britain in 1948.

May said, "the Windrush generation helped to build the country that we are today."