Foreign affairs ministry provides full support for Windrush migrants

Latest News

Foreign affairs ministry provides full support for Windrush migrants

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, says her ministry is heavily focused on the critical compensation scheme for Jamaican Windrush migrants.

“We have supported persons who were in Jamaica by making them aware of the call for evidence. This is the method by which persons are able to submit evidence of the impact on them directly to support claims of compensation down the line,” Johnson Smith said.

She was addressing the ministry's quarterly press briefing at its Dominica Drive offices in New Kingston today.

The compensation scheme, which was established by the United Kingdom (UK) Government, has been implemented for people, who have suffered loss or damage because of their inability to show they remained in Britain legally, to access services.

Additionally, Johnson Smith noted that the ministry has been participating in the consultation process, which was organised by the UK's Home Office.

“We not only pulled together stakeholders among the ministries, departments and agencies, including Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General's Chambers and broader stakeholders, but our consular department pulled together a submission in respect of the design of the scheme and the approach. Our London High Commission is also working on this matter,” she said.

Johnson Smith assured that the ministry and its relevant divisions will continue to pay keen attention to the compensation issue.

Meanwhile, the minister reported that a total of 1,093 Jamaica Windrush migrants have received documentation confirming their status as British citizens.

A total of 722 people were granted citizenship status under the Windrush scheme between April and July this year.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon