Three days is still too long to hold pregnant women in immigration detention

Vincett, Joanne (2018). Three days is still too long to hold pregnant women in immigration detention. The Conversation, London, UK.

URL: https://theconversation.com/three-days-is-still-to...

Abstract

It’s been two years since a coalition of lobbying groups in the UK successfully challenged Home Office policy on the immigration detention of pregnant women. Under the new policy, enforced in mid-July 2016, pregnant women can now only be detained for a maximum of 72 hours (three days), or up to one week with the agreement of a minister.

Yet around 50 pregnant women are still detained annually for administrative immigration purposes, not on criminal grounds. They are rarely removed from the UK, but the experience of immigration detention puts them under avoidable maternal health risk.

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