LGBT+ asylum seekers are sharing bedrooms with strangers during coronavirus

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05/13/2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how our dysfunctional asylum and immigration system is failing to support people in need. The system prevents people from accessing health services and puts LGBT+ people at risk of harassment and loneliness at the best of times. Now, people’s safety and lives are being put at risk. Stories of people needing asylum often get widespread attention when the government wants to remove someone from the country. But we don’t speak enough about how difficult the asylum process is, and the experiences of those who have to go through it with very little support. When it comes to seeking asylum, the UK Home Office often demands an unreasonable amount of proof before accepting that someone is LGBT+.

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