LGBTI Asylum Seekers Suffer Double Discrimination in Europe

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02/15/2022

Members of the LGBTI community which are looking for asylum in different countries of Europe are facing some difficulties, including double discrimination even in countries that rank high for positive LGBT legislative change, according to the annual review released by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). According to the report, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK are some countries where LGBTI asylum seekers have been victims of discrimination. Activists from Denmark have reported cases of trans asylum seekers unable to access trans-specific healthcare or being harassed. NGOs have alerted the underreporting of discrimination and violence in Spain where LGBTI asylum seekers are suffering and finding difficulties accessing social and healthcare services. “The unsafe practice of conducting investigations of asylum seekers in their home countries and outing them” has been one of the remarks made in Germany. Criticisms have been made to some countries, including France, Malta, and Greece, for adding nations (considered by some as being unsafe for LGBTI people) to their list of “safe countries” to which asylum seekers could be sent back in case their applications were denied.

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