Satbir Singh and Open Democracy editor Charlotte Threipland looked at the toxic mix of factors that allowed the appalling treatment of the Windrush generation to go on for so long.

"As a result of deliberate UK government policy, long-term British residents were ensnared by a Hostile Environment dragnet. This approach to immigration renders people who look or sound ‘a bit foreign’ as undesirable or unlawful until they show their papers to their landlords, their employers and their doctors. And it essentially turns basic public service providers, and our fellow citizens, into border police"

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