Refugees: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the detention of refugee women.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The Home Office will not routinely use immigration powers to detain individuals who have been granted refugee status, though may need to do so in specific circumstances, for example if the refugee has subsequently been convicted of committing a crime and deportation action is being taken against them. We would not seek to deport a refugee in such circumstances if they still faced a real risk of death, persecution or torture.

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