SCORES of people are feared to have been wrongly removed or deported because of the Windrush scandal, home secretary Sajid Javid admitted yesterday.
In his first appearance before a Commons committee since becoming Home Secretary, Mr Javid said Home Office officials were urgently trying to establish how many Windrush immigrants may have been deported from the United Kingdom, and how many of them were wrongly removed.
Sajid Javid revealed the number could still rise as officials trawl through over 8,000 cases dating back to 2002, as he branded the term "hostile environment", coined by Theresa May, "un-British".
Of this number, 32 have been convicted of a crime, while 31 had been subject to "administrative" removals for an unspecified other reason.
He said: "I've asked officials to be absolutely certain and thorough and check over every record and make sure".
Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, said she was "glad we've got this figure".
It was the first time specific numbers have been outlined since the scandal involving people who came to the United Kingdom from Commonwealth nations broke.
Mr Javid became home secretary last month after Amber Rudd resigned, saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.
In three cases, the person does have a legal basis to stay in Britain, while nine cases are ongoing.
Javid said that the figures were not conclusive and could change as his department continues their examination of deportation records.
Figures released in documents provided to the committee showed that a dedicated helpline set up after the Windrush furore erupted has received more than 11,500 calls.
Almost 1,500 appointments had been booked, resulting in 526 people receiving documents which confirmed their right to live in Britain, he said. So far, 526 people have been issued documents confirming their legal right to live in the UK.