The controversy surrounding the ‘Windrush generation’ has cost the Home Secretary Amber Rudd her job and has seen intense criticism of the Conservative government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy towards migrants. One of the results of this policy has been the refusal of citizens’ rights to Commonwealth migrants who had entered the country prior to the enactment of the Immigration Act 1971. This denial of citizens’ rights to certain Commonwealth citizens, despite being fully entitled to it, for the purpose of immigration control has a much longer history. One that is often overlooked in the history of the control of Commonwealth migration is that of Cypriots coming to the UK in the inter-war period.
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