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Windrush too big a toll to boost deportations - Sky poll

By Harry Carr, Head of Sky Data
Most Britons think there should be deportation targets for illegal immigrants - but that the impact on the Windrush generation is not a price worth paying to boost those numbers, a Sky Data poll reveals.
Just over half - 53% - think the Government should set targets for the annual removal of illegal immigrants, while 39% think there should not. About 8% answered "don't know".
However, 54% of Britons say the difficulties faced by the Windrush generation are not a price worth paying for discouraging illegal immigrants from staying in the country.The public are also split on Home Secretary Amber Rudd's future - 41% think she should resign and 41% think she should stay in her job, with 18% answering "don't know".
Windrush too big a toll to boost deportations - Sky poll

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Amber Rudd has faced multiple calls to resign
Britons who legally moved to the UK from Commonwealth countries in the decades following the Second World War - known as the "Windrush generation" after a ship carrying workers from Caribbean islands in 1948 - have faced difficulties in accessing public services and been threatened with deportation.The "hostile environment" policies implemented by the Home Office, designed to discourage illegal immigrants from staying in the country, have been blamed for the scandal.MPs have warned that the use of targets for removing migrants who are in the UK illegally could lead to enforcement officers going after the likes of the Windrush generation to meet their quotas.
Windrush too big a toll to boost deportations - Sky poll

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Over half of Britons think deportation targets should be set
Ms Rudd has faced multiple calls to resign over the Windrush scandal.She has been accused of misleading Parliament after denying the Home Office used targets for removals.
She has since admitted it did set local targets "for internal performance management", but said they were "not published targets against which performance was assessed".
Windrush too big a toll to boost deportations - Sky poll

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Most people think the impact on Windrush families is not a price worth paying
Downing Street said the Prime Minister has full confidence in the Home Secretary.Younger people are less supportive of targets for removals - and of Ms Rudd - than their elders.
Windrush too big a toll to boost deportations - Sky poll

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The public are split on whether Amber Rudd should resign
Those aged 18-34 are evenly split on targets - 47% support them, 44% oppose. That compares with 58% support and 37% opposition among people aged 55 and over.And most 18-34 year-olds think the Home Secretary should quit, backing such a move by 47% to 28% - while those aged 55+ think she should stay by 54% to 34%.
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Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,007 Sky customers via SMS on 26 April 2018. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.For full Sky Data tables, please click here.
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