Jamaica’s government has moved to embrace a plan by Britain to offer compensation to thousands of Caribbean nationals—most of them Jamaican nationals—who were badly mistreated by the British government’s ultra-right immigration policies which in some cases forcibly deported legal residents back to the region because they were misclassified as illegal.

At the close of 1948, the British sent large passenger vessels to their then Caribbean colonies to pick up people who were interested in settling in the United Kingdom and helping to rebuild the country after World War II. Thousands of regional nationals boarded the ships to various British cities believing that they were landing there legally because they were born in the British Commonwealth Empire. Many never bothered to verify immigration papers or to understand the country’s immigration policies until the rules changed drastically in the 1980s, rendering hundreds of them as illegals despite the fact they were brought to the country legally and at the invitation of Her Majesty’s government.

Despite living there for decades, raising families, working long enough to retire and qualify for benefits, some were put on planes and deported to the Caribbean. A few died without ever being able to return to the UK to see their grandchildren, enjoy health care or pension benefits.

In the past year, the furor raised by British media, diaspora lawmakers and rights groups about the appalling treatment meted out to people who were invited to settle in the UK has forced authorities there to not only apologize and move to regularize the status of those affected, but also to now offer compensation to those who are still alive and their descendants.

Earlier this month, the beleaguered administration of Prime Minister Theresa May announced that it had has set aside Sterling 200 million in compensation to people whose lives have been devastated by mis-classification of their immigration status that in many cases, led to deportation. “Nothing we say or do will ever wipe away the hurt, the trauma, the loss that should never have been suffered by the men and women of the Windrush generation, but together we can begin to right the wrongs of Windrush,” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said while announcing the move recently. The Empire Windrush vessel was among the most famous of those which had transported nationals to the UK starting in 1948.

Jamaican Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith speaking in the Senate in the past week, noted that while authorities are happy the Sterling 200 million does not necessarily represent a cap on the amount.

“With the announcement of the scheme, it is now possible for persons who have been affected by the crisis to submit claims and to receive compensation in various categories from the British government, if the claims are successful. In the interim, we will ensure that those Jamaicans who sought assistance when the crisis came to our attention last year are made aware of how they may pursue their claims. We will also be placing an ad in the newspapers and on our website, as we did last year, when seeking to help persons understand if they might be eligible for re-entry, etcetera.”

Media reports say that the status and future of at least 5,000 people have been addressed in the past year with many being granted full citizenship.

Secretary Javid said that at least 164 people were wrongly deported. Of these 19 have died and nearly 40 cannot be traced.