No safe refuge: experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in detention

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Chaka L. Bachman
Date of publication
1 November 2016
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This study, carried out by Stonewall and UKLGIG, examines experiences, conditions and treatment of lesbian, gay, bi, trans (LGBT) asylum seekers in UK detention.

Amongst asylum seekers, those who are seeking refuge from persecution because of their sexual orientation and gender identity are particularly vulnerable. In their home country, they face discrimination, violent harassment and imprisonment, and in Britain, as asylum seekers, they often experience intimidation and discrimination in detention centres.

The report reveals the distressing experiences of LGTB asylum seekers in UK detention centres, whilst also generally highlighting problems with the UK detention system. Research is based on in depth interviews with LGTB asylum seekers from eleven countries about their experience with staff and other detainees, whilst held in one of the nine UK detention centres, about their physical and emotional well-being, and their access to health and legal services.

Recommendation is to urgently review and change the system and procedure for LGTB asylum seekers.

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