UK-Jamaica ties still strong, says UK High Commissioner

British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad


British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad is adamant that his government and Jamaica maintain a strong bond despite the Windrush scandal and the recent deportation of close to 30 Jamaicans from the UK.

Mr Ahmad, appearing on TVJ's Smile Jamaica on Tuesday, said in another few weeks the UK Government will announce a compensation scheme for those persons victimized in the Windrush scandal.

He added that the UK Government continues to work with its Jamaican counterpart to locate the affected persons.

Mr. Ahmad said he understood the sentiments in relation to the deportation of Jamaicans, but suggested that “whether you are in Jamaica or you are in the UK, obey the law, because if you stay clear of those we have many other positive things to offer.”

He said the UK deportations take place “once every eighteen months or so,” in contrast to other countries which send home Jamaicans on a much more frequent basis.

Unlike deportations from other countries, he said those from the UK appear to be “big news”.

“I think that talks about the fact that people expect us to have a slightly different kind of engagement and interaction, and this comes as a bit of a sudden shock and a surprise,” he said.

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