Poor treatment cited by Jamaicans slated to be deported from Britain this week
Some of the 50 people to be deported to Jamaica from the UK on a charter flight this week have been speaking out, alleging poor treatment meted by British authorities and expressing concern about the struggles they are likely to face when they arrive in the land of their birth.
Many of them have lived in the United Kingdom for decades and have children and families in the UK.
Several of the deportees, all of whom have criminal convictions, have never returned to Jamaica and have said they fear for their safety when they are deported.
Sky News has spoken to several men currently held in Harmondsworth detention centre in London, where 30 to 40 detainees have reportedly been told they have been booked on a February 6 flight and moved to a designated wing. They include Owen Haisley, who has three British children and moved to the UK at the age of four in 1977. Mr. Haisley is worried as, according to him, he has no family in Jamaica.
Mr. Haisley served a sentence for domestic violence in 2015. He completed rehabilitation courses and spends time regularly with his sons, aged five and seven. He told Sky News he made plans over the weekend to see them but was detained before they could meet.
The charter flight – booked by the UK Government specifically for the purpose of deportations – is believed to be the first to Jamaica after the Windrush scandal erupted.
Chevon Brown, a 22 year-old man who arrived in the UK when he was 14 and received a deportation order after a dangerous driving conviction, has been told he is booked to leave on Wednesday’s flight.
Mr Brown said the Home Office told him he was not integrated into British society.
Speaking from Harmondsworth detention centre, Mr Brown said detainees were complaining of mice and rat infestations at the facility and also said detainees were suffering from the cold.
He has a prescription for anti-depressants but said he has not been able to access the medication, despite repeated requests.
Some of the men did not want to be identified, saying they are afraid their British accents and appearance will flag them as deportees on their arrival in Jamaica and put them at risk of violence.