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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum

A European Human Rights Challenge

About the SOGICA Project

SOGICA is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) that explores the social and legal experiences of asylum seekers across Europe claiming internal protection on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). SOGI related human rights violations are the basis of an apparently increasing number of asylum claims, amounting to thousands across Europe each year.

These asylum claims are often treated in a particularly insensitive way, i.e. based on inappropriate legal, cultural and social notions.

These claims are also of a striking complexity and significance for the purposes of assessing the efficiency and fairness of an asylum adjudication system.

Focusing on Germany, Italy and the UK as case studies, and analysing how SOGI related claims are addressed at European level – covering the European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) – the project seeks to determine how European asylum systems can treat more fairly asylum claims based on the claimant’s SOGI.