Germany amends asylum rules in favor of queer refugees

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09/30/2022

Germany will implement new rules beginning Saturday for processing asylum applications from LGBTQ persons, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said. Faeser said Friday she wanted to better protect queer refugees and that no one should “feel forced to lead a dangerous double life.” The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is instructed to consider queer people at equal risk in their country of origin whether or not they openly express their gender identity and sexual orientation. Sven Lehmann, the federal government’s commissioner for the acceptance of sexual and gender diversity, said Friday that persecution on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity is a recognized ground for asylum.”

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