How we treat assylum seekers


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Reuters has been investigating the experiences in Britain of GLBTQI assylum seekers.

Even though Britain is more tolerant, LGBTi asylum seekers still face discrimination, threats and even violent attacks, said Sebastian Rocca, chief executive of Micro Rainbow International (MRI), a charity working to eliminate discrimination and poverty among LGBTi people.

“One of the problems that LGBTi asylum seekers and refugees face is that because of their sexuality they are extremely isolated and vulnerable,” Rocca said.

Lack of safe housing is a widespread problem as they are often placed in housing with people from their own countries, or with those who are anti-gay because of their religious and cultural backgrounds.

The Home Office says an estimated 6 percent of asylum claims made in Britain between July 2015 and March 2017 were based on sexual orientation. One in four were successful. Most asylum claims involving sexuality were Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Nigerian applicants. The Home Office said it “remains committed to improving the process for those claiming asylum on this basis” and that it ensures housing provide to LGBTi asylum seekers is safe.

There is now at least one provider which only provides temporary homes for GLBTIQ applicants.