Compensation for child migrants

Child migrants sent away by the UK government and others are to be each given compensation by the state.

Between the 1920s and the 1970s, 130,000 children were sent to former British colonies, mainly Canada and Australia.

The children, most of whom came from deprived backgrounds, often faced difficult lives of hard labour and servitude in their foster homes.

Claimants for compensation could have been sent from any part of the UK, and were sent by a church, state, voluntary or other organisation to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Zimbabwe/former Rhodesia.

Each eligible former child migrant will receive a payment of GBP £20,000.

All applications will be handled by the Child Migrants Trust.  You can find more information about this here:



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