Refugee and Asylum issues

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


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Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada

Date added: 07/24/2012
Date modified: 09/03/2012
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Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is an international participatory action research project that is studying developments in selected nations that were colonized by the British Empire.

The report (2012) is based on a Round Table Dialogue with members of 14 organizations who work with LGBTI asylum seekers in the Toronto region, as well as two conference presentations. It provides a preliminary overview of the issues for LGBT asylum seekers, including: their experiences and obstacles; ways that service providers are trying to meet their needs; service gaps; and the impact of changes to immigration and refugee laws.

Generelly the projects participants discussed various issues related to LGBT refuge and asylum seekers.

As a important future item they stated that documenting different cultural expressions and increasing the awareness and knowledge on SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) issues in the global south should be an area for action. They also discussed how many lawyers serving immigrants and refugees are not familiar with SOGI issues, including the points raised above about understanding cultural differences. Their lack of expertise in these types of cases has the effect of putting their clients, who are refugees fleeing persecution on the grounds of sexual or gender identity/expression, at a disadvantage because they often aren’t able to properly represent the case.

Overall, there is a lack of LGBT and refugee positive services and programs, as well as insufficient training on LGBT issues. These were identified as areas for further research and recommendations.

The research project's overall recommendations are on page 12-13.

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.


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

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.

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.


Rainbow bridges. Rainbow bridges.

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.

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