There is to be an annual Windrush Day. Noting the acclaim for the contributions made by the Windrush generation, and the remorse over the way they were treated, put me in mind of an earlier generation of immigrants: the Jews, fleeing for their lives from Central Europe to Britain in the 1930s. In the face of fear of a Nazi invasion of Britain, the European Jewish arrivals were rounded up and interned in camps in the Isle of Man and Huyton, amongst others. It seems that Churchill ordered the internment. The famous House of Lords judgment in the case of Liversidge v Anderson  upheld the right of the Home Secretary to intern people if he had reasonable cause to believe that they had hostile associations, his view prevailing over the view the court might take. The refugees were often stateless, and when they married British nationals, their spouses were also made stateless until after the end of the War. They were classed as “enemy aliens” even though it was hard to imagine any group more opposed to Nazism than they were. The internees included Claus Moser, later Lord Moser, and the founders of the Amadeus String Quartet.Thousands were deported unwillingly in terrible conditions to Australia and worse still, the ship transporting more of them to Canada was struck by an enemy torpedo in 1940 and sank with great loss of life (the Arandora Star). I don’t know of any claims for compensation.
80 years on, and we find that amongst the refugees from Nazism, and the heirs of the earlier wave of Jewish immigrants at the end of the 19th century, are about 13 Nobel prizewinners, the founders of Tesco and Marks and Spencer; Isaiah Berlin, George Weidenfeld, Simon Schama, Martin Gilbert, Judith Kerr, Lionel Blue, Vidal Sassoon and Georg Solti, to name just the tiniest fraction of the eminent lawyers, writers, scientists, artists and doctors emerging from that unpromising start.
Of course refugees are not the same as invited immigrants. Nevertheless, although there is a history of British mistreatment of new arrivals, (even after many years as in the Windrush story), let us celebrate their successes too. There is a good list here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_African-Caribbean_people#The_%22Windrush_generation%22