Refugee and Asylum issues

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

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Forced Migration Review Forced Migration Review

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Date added: 05/01/2013
Date modified: 05/01/2013
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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.

Action against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: An Updated Strategy Action against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: An Updated Strategy

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Date added: 08/14/2012
Date modified: 08/15/2012
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billede_lillaSexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) threatens displaced women and girls, as well as men and boys, in all regions of the world. Creating safe environments and mitigating the risk of SGBV can only be achieved by addressing gender inequality and discrimination.

While the scourge of SGBV is receiving much more attention internationally – as illustrated by Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1888 and 1960 – preventing SGBV is a complex challenge. To assist operations in addressing this core protection concern, UNHCR is presenting the Action against Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence: An Updated Strategy.

This strategy provides a structure to assist UNHCR operations in dealing with SGBV on the basis of a multi-sectoral and interagency approach. UNHCR policies and programmes have for many years helped operations to address SGBV in coordination with other actors. 80% of operations in urban settings and 93% in camp settings work with SGBV Standard Operating Procedures which strengthen cooperation between partners. Moreover, support to community-based organisations has given communities a greater sense of ownership in addressing SGBV.

Today’s protection environment is fraught with challenges and filled with opportunities, which should be carefully considered when devising responses. Challenges include the prevalence of impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, changing gender roles during displacement, and the increasing number of women and children of concern to UNHCR who live in urban areas and face particular protection risks due to their often precarious status. Equally, changing gender roles can also present opportunities for displaced people, as can the recognition by the international community of the essential role of women in peacebuilding, and of the safety and security of civilian populations.

Rainbow bridges. Rainbow bridges.

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Date added: 08/15/2012
Date modified: 09/03/2012
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ORAM_Rainbow_bridgesA community guide to rebuilding the lives of LGBTI refugees and asylees.

In a 2012 report, ORAM estimates that:

• 175,000 LGBTI persons are in peril in their home countries worldwide

• 7,500 manage to escape

• Of these, only 750 are able to access the refugee protection system

• Of those, only 350 are officially recognized as refugees

• Fewer than 200 per year worldwide currently attain resettlement based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

While the actual numbers of LGBTI persons who escape persecution will never be known, those resettled based on their sexual orientation or gender identity make up a tiny handful worldwide.

This estimate does not include those who do not reveal their LGBTI status to adjudicators, or who receive refugee protection on other grounds — race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in another particular social group.

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

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Date added: 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.

 

LGBT families - and the free movement directive LGBT families - and the free movement directive

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Date added: 06/14/2012
Date modified: 09/03/2012
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free_movementILGA-Europe, together with national LGBT organisations, have campaigned vigorously for an inclusive definition of family within the new EU Citizens Directive, (2005).

The Court of Justice has emphasized that free movement is a fundamental right of EU citizens, regardless of the reason why an individual decides to live in another Member State. Consequently, in 2001, the European Commission proposed replacing the various laws covering workers, students, etc with a single Directive on the free movement rights of all EU citizens. The Directive took more than two years to negotiate and a central issue was the definition of the ‘family’ of an EU citizen.

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