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Are we seeing the return of colonial-era convict ships?

A pair of British-born 24-year-old twins are facing deportation to countries they have never visited. There's a dangerous historical parallel to this in British history

By Christiana Spens  

From the seventeenth until the early twentieth centuries, several hundred thousand criminals were sent away to Australia, the Caribbean and America as part of the colonial-era policy of penal transportation. Crowded onto “convict ships” and sent away to lands they had never even visited, they were exiled from the communities and the country they had been born and raised in.

My own ancestors, a…

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