Liberal Democrat Scotland spokesperson and Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has won assurances from the UK Government that vulnerable women asylum-seekers will be treated with justice and dignity.

Ms Jardine, who met asylum female seekers to hear about their issues during a visit to  Red Cross Scotland, had pressed the Home Office for assurances in a written question.


Ms Jardine said:

"These women and girls often find themselves completely alone, or perhaps abandoned with young children and it's vital that we ensure they are properly supported.


"Red Cross Scotland do fantastic work to help vulnerable people and it was a real privilege to meet some of the women they have helped.


"Often  women and girls  are most at risk so I welcome these assurances from the Government, but stress that we must be vigilant over issues like female genital mutilation, sexual exploitation and domestic violence.


"Liberal Democrats are proud of the UK’s historic commitments to assisting those seeking refuge from war, persecution and degradation and will continue to press for measures to ensure that all of those going through the asylum process are treated fairly and humanely."




Notes to editors:


Ms Jardine's question to the immigration minister and his response can be found below:



To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that women seeking asylum in the UK are treated with justice and dignity. (112265)

Tabled on: 10 November 2017


Brandon Lewis:

We are committed to delivering an asylum process that is gender sensitive and have developed an asylum gender action plan to achieve this building on the wider Government strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

All decision-makers receive extensive training on considering asylum claims and must follow published Home Office policy guidance, including specific guidance on gender issues, which covers specific forms of gender based persecution.

All available evidence is carefully and sensitively considered in light of published country information, which covers country specific issues relating to gender based harm, including female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual exploitation, violence in conflict and domestic violence.

The answer was submitted on 15 Nov 2017 at 10:15.


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