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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16012: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many people in Scotland who are part of the so-called Windrush Generation have been informed that they are (a) at risk of and (b) facing deportation, and what discussions it has had with UK Government regarding this.

Answered by: Alasdair Allan 26 April 2018

The Scottish Government has made and is continuing to make inquiries through stakeholders and partner organisations about who may be at risk. At the moment, this has not identified anyone in Scotland who has been affected by this scandal.

The available data are not precise enough to provide estimates of who may be at risk. In the 2011 census, 1,092 individuals in Scotland both reported their ethnic group as ‘Caribbean or Black’ and had arrived in the UK more than 10 years ago. In addition, 3,810 people in Scotland who arrived in the UK more than 10 years ago reported their ethnic group as ‘African’, which some Windrush descendants may self-identify as.

The Scottish Government will continue to monitor the situation, push the UK government to immediately guarantee the status of all those affected and call for an end to the hostile environment that dominates UK policy on migration.