LGBTI+ asylum claimants call for a fairer system

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LGBTI+ asylum claimants
call for a fairer system
In 2020, sexual orientation and gender identity are still a mere aerthought in the
asylum granting process. e SOGICA project has been documenting the consequences
of this lack of understanding and provides recommendations for future British,
German, Italian and European policy.
Asylum claims by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
intersex, and of other sexualities, sexes and gender diversities
(LGBTI+) are increasing. Individuals often face discrimination and
can be victims of persecution in their countries of birth, which makes
it necessary for them to seek asylum in less hostile countries.
Although the number of people in the LGBTI+ community
fleeing persecution is rising there is a relative lack of academic
studies and NGO reports focusing on this very specific type of
asylum claim. According to Nuno Ferreira, co-director of the
Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, this is mostly because
researchers and policymakers have so far failed to realise that
sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) asylum claims are
actually widespread.
“Until recently, SOGI asylum claimants have been rather invisible
within the larger refugee population. Meanwhile, political and
media priorities have generally lain elsewhere. Experts were most
concerned with racist, xenophobic, homophobic and transphobic
social trends,” he explains.
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