There has been a sharp change in the numbers of LGBT people seeking asylum, according to new figures. Numbers confirmed to PinkNews by the Home Office show a rise of more than 400% in five years. 1,115 people cited sexuality is a reason for seeking refuge in the most recent figures, referring to 2014. That’s a rise from 2009 when there were just 200 cases relating to sexuality. The government has previously refused to disclose how many asylum applications it has actually accepted from LGBT people fleeing homophobic countries, amid reports of degrading treatment and Home Office challenges. People can seek asylum in the UK on the grounds that they face persecution in their home country because of their sexuality or their gender identity.
Janauary 18 / Pink News