Jardine wins assurances over treatment of women asylum seekers

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."

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