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Today (22 June) marks the third Windrush Day, the 72nd anniversary of the SS Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks in Essex carrying the first Caribbean migrants to the UK.

Many who travelled on the ship, and by other means from various commonwealth countries, were ex-servicemen who fought with the UK in the Second World War and had been invited to a bomb-damaged Britain to fill its labour shortages.

Now a national annual event, Windrush Day was established in 2018 in the wake of the Windrush scandal when many of those who had been invited to Britain found themselves subject to a “hostile environment”, government policies designed to make life difficult for people who couldn’t prove they had the right to live in the UK.

Read more: A prayer for Windrush

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