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303 Indians who arrived in UK between 1948 and 1988 get British citizenship

London : Britain has granted citizenship to 303 Indians who arrived between 1948 and 1988 and whose uncertain residency status was part of the Windrush controversy that embarrassed the Theresa May government during the April Commonwealth summit.

Indians are the second-highest number of citizens affected by the row after Jamaica, whose 1,438 citizens top the list. The latest figures were provided by home secretary Sajid Javid to the home affairs select committee of parliament on Monday.

The workers who came to Britain after the Second World War are called the Windrush generation, comprising mostly citizens from Caribbean countries. They are named so after the MV Empire Windrush ship that brought them to Britain.

Many in the Windrush generation stayed on in Britain over the decades but did not obtain necessary documents to regularise their stay, resulting in some being deported, others facing problems in employment and other areas due lack of paperwork.