They've been living in exile in Sussex, but today the Chagos Islanders were told they cannot return to their home in the Indian Ocean.
The British government cleared the remote archipelago to let the Americans build a giant military base on Diego Garcia.
Many of the islanders eventually settled around Crawley, but they've continued their fight to return home ever since.
Today, the Foreign Office said resettlement is too difficult and costly, and offered the islanders compensation.
Malcolm Shaw spoke to Sabrina Jean, Chagos Refugees Group, Allen Vincatassin, President of the Provisional Government of Diego Garcia & the Chagos Islands, and Henry Smith, Conservative MP for Crawley.
The former residents of the Chagos Islands - who were forced to leave their homeland in the 1960s and 70s - took their long legal battle to the UK's highest court today.
The islanders, many living in Crawley, in Sussex, went to the Supreme Court to challenge a decision by the House of Lords - which dashed their hopes of returning.
The Chagos Islands are in the Indian Ocean. Families were forced out - to make way for a US air force base on the largest island, Diego Garcia. Courts later ruled that families could return to 65 of the islands - but not that one. With the story, here's John Ryall.
A community of 5,000 people in Crawley say they've been left 'heartbroken' after the European Court of Human Rights dismissed their fight to return to the islands they were forced to leave five decades ago. Tom Savvides talks to campaigner Sabrina Jean.