News: Britian: ASYLUM FOR HURT WIVES

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Subject: News: Britian: ASYLUM FOR HURT WIVES
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Jun 28 1999 - 17:11:16 EDT


ASYLUM FOR HURT WIVES
The Mirror (UK), June 16, 1999

ABUSED wives trapped in arranged marriages are expected to win new rights
to asylum in Britain today.

After intense lobbying from MPs, the Home Office will announce planned
concessions to the immigration laws.

Current legislation means battered women in arranged marriages must wait a
year before they can apply to stay in Britain.

Labour MP Margaret Moran said: "These women need to be protected.

"At the moment, if they leave their marriages they face deportation,
poverty and are socially ostracised.

"If they stay they are subject to yet more abuse."


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