Sajid Javid has become the UK’s first home secretary from an ethnic minority background after Amber Rudd’s resignation.
Following the sudden resignation of a senior minister over an immigration scandal, British Prime Minister Theresa May moved swiftly and appointed Sajid Javid as Home Secretary on Monday morning.
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Javid is a second-generation migrant whose parents came to Britain from Pakistan.
Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, said he would review immigration policy to make sure it was fair and people were treated with “dignity and respect”.
According to a report in The Guardian, Javid’s father arrived in London from Sahiwal, Pakistan in the early 1960s. His father first worked in a cotton mill in Rochdale and later as a bus driver.
“When the young Sajid was four, his father started running a ladieswear business in a grim part of inner-city Bristol. The family of seven was crammed into the two-bedroom flat above the shop,” the report states further.
Javid, 48, a former managing director at Deutsche Bank, was previously Communities and Local Government Secretary.
Javid is not the first British-Pakistani to join the UK government as mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is also of Pakistani origin.