British Home Secretary Priti Patel promised a cultural shift in her country's visa department on Tuesday as part of a windrush scandal review that mistakenly denied British law on residence to thousands of legal migrants with Commonwealth heritage.
The Cabinet Secretary, from India, explained the measures the UK Home Office is taking in response to the review released earlier this year after the scandal two years ago, which incorrectly denied the citizenship rights of some Commonwealth citizens who were brought to Britain to remove the Labor shortage after World War II.
The new measures include extensive training for all Ministry of Interior employees to ensure that they understand and appreciate the history of migration and race in this country. Every existing and new employee who works for the Ministry of the Interior must carry out this learning.
"I am driving change to implement the important results of the Lessons Learned review and to ensure that this cannot happen again," said Patel.
"The measures I have taken will ensure the cultural change in the department and lead to more diverse leadership. I want the windrush generation to have no doubt that I will reform the culture of the department so that it benefits all communities that we serve better represented. " She said.
The Windrush generation refers to citizens of former British colonies who came to the UK before 1973 when a change was made to the right of these Commonwealth citizens to live and work in the UK.
While a large part of them were of Jamaican / Caribbean origin and came on the ship Empire Windrush on June 22, 1948, Indian and other South Asian immigrants from this period also fall into the categorization of the Windrush generation.
According to the Interior Ministry, the new steps will focus on a "more compassionate approach" for individual applications, and will enable decision-makers to use their own discretion and pragmatism.
The department will also strengthen civil society and public engagement early on to provide evidence of policy. A move the minister said would change the "openness of the Home Office to control".
To ensure that the Home Office reflects the different communities it serves, various select lists for senior jobs and professional mentoring are introduced. This will ensure that more Blacks, Asians and Ethnic Minorities (BAME) are in leadership positions to drive cultural change, "said the department.
Ms. Patel also announced an assessment of "compliant environment" policies and measures that were considered harsh for immigrants.
The assessment will ensure that the right protection is in place to protect against abuse of immigration, while ensuring that no one with a legal right to be here is wrongly punished, the Home Office said.
This action, along with other ongoing work to implement the results of the Wendy Williams Lessons Learned Review, will help ensure that what happened to the Windrush generation can never happen again, she added.
All recommendations have been grouped into different working topics to ensure that the lessons learned from the review are applied to all home office activities.
The department announced that it is also launching a more diverse selection list for senior positions, with special mentoring and sponsorship programs to build a larger talent pool.
The Home Office announced that a comprehensive improvement plan will be released by September, showing how the department is implementing the recommendations of the "Lessons Learned" review.
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