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Funding support for local communities across Wales to celebrate Windrush Day has been announced at an anti-racism march.

First published:
16 March 2019
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

A national day to commemorate the Windrush Generation was announced last year by the UK government but funding support had only been set aside for events in England.

Windrush Day will take place on 22 June, the same day as the arrival of around 500 migrants from the Caribbean to the UK in 1948.

Cumulatively £40,000 will be available to support community groups to host events across Wales. 

The funding announcement came as hundreds prepared to march across Cardiff city centre to mark the UN’s Anti-Racism Day, organised by Stand Up to Racism.

Speaking at today’s event, Jane Hutt, the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, said:

“Last year, we watched the fall out of the Windrush Scandal, a direct result of the UK government’s “hostile environment” policy. In contrast, the Welsh Government recognises and values the significant contributions of the Windrush Generation, and indeed the contributions from other migrant communities.

“Today I am announcing a grant fund so that communities can celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June, to mark the contributions that migrant communities have made to our history, economy and culture in Wales.”

The minister continued:

“I am really pleased to see so many people here today; let us use our collective voices to send a clear message that any form of racism will not be tolerated in Wales".

Last year the UK government issued a formal apology to those affected by the Windrush scandal, after many people were told they were not in the UK legally and a number were removed from the country.