BRITISH GOVERNMENT COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR MIGRANTS

BRITISH GOVERNMENT COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR MIGRANTS

This is to notify the general public, and in particular, Nigerians, who arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) before 1 January 1973, that the British Government launched on 3rd April, 2019, a Compensation Scheme meant to right the wrong suffered by certain categories of migrants.

  1. The Scheme is directed at the members of the Windrush Generation and almost all Commonwealth nationals, including Nigerians, who arrived in the UK before 1 January 1973. It is also opened to non-commonwealth nationals, who settled down in the UK before 31 December 1988.
  2. The “Windrush Generation” is a tag name used to describe the Caribbean nationals in the UK, who faced difficulties in demonstrating their lawful status in order to access benefits and services in the UK. The Compensation Scheme will provide financial payments to members of this group, who do not have the right documentation to prove their lawful right to live in the UK and suffered losses or impacts on their life as a result.
  3. The Scheme also provides for others, who may be eligible for compensation for a wide range of losses such as employment, educational benefits, or NHS healthcare. According to the report, the following are eligible for the compensation :
  4. Commonwealth citizens, who settled in the UK before 1973;
  5. A child or grandchild of a Commonwealth citizen, who arrived before 1973, in some circumstances;
  6. A person of any nationality, who settled in the UK before 31 December 1988 and is now lawfully in the UK; and
  7. The estates of those who are now deceased but who would have otherwise been eligible to claim compensation; and close family members of eligible claimants, where there has been a significant impact on their life or where there is evidence of certain direct financial costs.
  8. A helpline, which can be accessed overseas, has been set up for enquiries. Nigerians, who fall within any of the categories, can also visit the High Commission of Nigeria in London for more information.
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