Home Secretary Sajid Javid will issue a formal apology to the members of the Windrush generation who were wrongfully detained.
Some 18 people were identified during an ongoing government review of removals and detentions affecting Caribbean nationals.
An explanation on the government website reads: “Evidence suggests that the 18 people came to the UK from the Caribbean before 1973 and stayed here permanently but were unable to demonstrate their continuous residence here.
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“11 of the 18 went on to voluntarily leave the country while the remaining 7 were detained but subsequently released without being removed. Of these 18, 4 were removed and 2 detained before May 2010 and 7 were removed and 5 detained after May 2010.”
The Home Office has contacted 14 of the 18 people and hopes to contact the last four.
They could be entitled to compensation.
In a statement, Javid said: “The experiences faced by some members of the Windrush generation are completely unacceptable and I am committed to righting the wrongs of the past.
“I would like to personally apologise to those identified in our review and am committed to providing them with the support and compensation they deserve.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that nothing like this happens again – which is why I have asked an independent adviser to look at what lessons we can learn from Windrush.”