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Immigrants: Detainees

Question for Home Office

UIN 168114, tabled on 24 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pregnant women have been deported after being detained in an immigration detention centre.

Answered on

7 September 2018

Section 60 of the Immigration Act 2016, which came into force on 12 July 2016, placed a 72 hour limit on the detention of pregnant women for the purposes of removal, extendable to up to a week in total with Ministerial authorisation.

It may not always be appropriate for healthcare professionals to disclose confidential medical information that the patient has asked not to be disclosed. Subject to these limitations, Home Office management information indicates that 104 pregnant women were detained in the immigration detention estate between 12 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. Of these women, 20 were removed from the UK directly from detention.

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