Discussing the impact of the Asylum Process on Reproductive Lives
Previous research in Teesside has identified the impact of the asylum process on women’s reproductive lives.
The time in the system and the instability of the process means that reproductive decisions are delayed, often for years and throughout the most reproductive years of women’s lives. Women may experience difficulties conceiving when their claims are resolved. Women may be separated from partners during the course of their claim. There is also a perception that having a child is helpful to asylum claims.
Date: Monday 11th March
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Newtown Community Resource Centre, Stockton on Tees, TS19 0DE
This meeting is to discuss some of the issues for people seeking asylum when making reproductive decisions. For example, deciding to have children whilst a claim is underway or the impact of new NHS procedures to restrict services for migrants on women who are pregnant and have their claim rejected; the experiences of infertility for women when their claims are accepted.
The asylum system also impacts on family life, young people who turn 18 despite actively participating in education up until that point are then excluded from further education. The challenges for families coping within the asylum system
Dr Mwenza Blell from Newcastle University will attend to discuss her research investigating these issues and her upcoming research project in Finland. Is there a need for further research in Teesside? Are there lessons that can be learned from the rest of the world? We would like to hear from people who have experienced the asylum process, people who work with people seeking asylum and academics researching in this area.