Refugee and Asylum issues

Guidelines and reports on international protection of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.


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Mean Streets: Identifying and Responding to Urban Refugees' Risks of Gender-Based Violence Mean Streets: Identifying and Responding to Urban Refugees' Risks of Gender-Based Violence

Date added: 10/06/2017
Date modified: 10/06/2017
Filesize: 1.68 MB
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feb 2016

2016, 148 pages

The Women’s Refugee Commission  research focuses on the needs of  refugees , identifies solutions and advocates for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. This research was conducted in Ecuador, Lebanon, Uganda, and India,  where the emphasis is  on the urban refugees who face gender-based violence risks as a result of multiple and complex unmet social, medical, and economic needs, as well as intersecting oppressions based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. The project looked separately at the GBV risks of different urban refugee subpopulations: women; adolescent girls; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals; persons with disabilities; and male survivors of sexual violence. Refugees engaged in sex work were added as a subpopulation, due to their invisibility and the heightened GBV risks they face.


SOGI-related forced migration in East Africa: Fleeing Uganda SOGI-related forced migration in East Africa: Fleeing Uganda

Date added: 03/04/2016
Date modified: 03/04/2016
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SOGI related fleeing2015, 32 pages

From the Global Philantropy Project comes this report on the challenges for LGBT Ugandans fleeing to other countries in East Africa after the after the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. The report looks into numbers, demographics, challenges, push & pull factors and recommendations to address the situation.


Invisible in the City Invisible in the City

Date added: 05/16/2013
Date modified: 05/16/2013
Filesize: 3.35 MB
Downloads: 946

Invisible in the CityFive years ago, there was little discussion of the challenges of LGBTI refugees; today HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and other refugee/human rights agencies—with full support of the UNHCR—are blazing the trail for enhanced protection of sexual-minority refugees. This report is the result of a one-year qualitative and quantitative research project conducted by HIAS on sexual minority refugees in the urban centers of Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, and Kenya. During the course of the research, interviews were conducted with sexual minority refugees, refugee protection professionals, and sexual minority civil society organizations.

The 43-page report presents the protection gaps facing sexual minority refugees and asylum seekers and offers recommendations for mitigating these gaps.

Addressing this, the report recommends:

  1. UNHCR and refugee NGOs must conduct outreach to sexual minority refugees where they live and work.
  2. UNHCR, governments, and resettlement countries must implement mechanisms to expedite the registration, claim evaluation, and resettlement of at-risk sexual minority refugees.
  3. UNHCR, government agencies, refugee NGOs, service providers, and sexual minority and refugee advocates must coordinate protection strategies and build referral pathways to ensure the greater protection of sexual minority refugees.
  4. UNHCR, government agencies, refugee NGOs, and service providers must regularly train all levels of staff on sensitively serving and protecting sexual minority refugees, and take other steps to create welcoming environments for sexual minorities.
  5. Donors should prioritize funding safe shelter options for sexual minority refugees in urban environments.

Forced Migration Review Forced Migration Review

Date added: 05/01/2013
Date modified: 05/01/2013
Filesize: 3.35 MB
Downloads: 2240

Forced MigrationAround the world, people face abuse, arbitrary arrest, extortion, violence, severe discrimination and lack of official protection because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This latest issue from April 2013 includes 26 articles on the abuse of rights of forced migrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Authors discuss both the challenges faced and examples of good practice in securing protection for LGBTI forced migrants.

Disturbing knowledge Disturbing knowledge

Date added: 12/19/2012
Date modified: 12/19/2012
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This study from 2009 concerns decisions from asylum cases as documentation of persecution of LGBTpersons. All cases were extracted in which the asylum seeker has discussed her or his sexual orientation or gender identity or charges for being homosexual.


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