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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 international 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 in Europe. Previous research and empirical evidence, while not comprehensive, suggests that these claims are often treated in an insensitive, inappropriate or inconsistent manner across Europe and also within individual states.

These claims are also of a striking complexity, and have significance for the purposes of assessing the efficiency and fairness of asylum adjudication systems in general.

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 asylum claims based on the claimant’s SOGI more fairly.

 

 

Until the end of March 2019, you can have your say on your experiences with these asylum claims by completing the SOGICA surveys.

If you are a person claiming international protection because of sexual orientation or gender identity, or a LGBTQI+ person claiming asylum, please click on the following link:

Survey for people who have claimed asylum because of sexual orientation or gender identity, or for LGBTQI+ people claiming asylum in Europe

If you are a person who works with LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum, please click on the following link:

Survey for people who work with or support LGBTQI+ people claiming asylum

Thank you for your help! And visit our website again in the near future to check out the results.

Life Stories

A community fights for asylum justice: Ken's story

The Bristol Cable 15/02/2019

Bristol Bison rugby player Ken Macharia speaks about his experience of detention, as the system comes under the spotlight [written by Lorna Stephenson].

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Gay man who fled Iraq reveals all: Being LGBTI is a 'death sentence'

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NewStatesman 04/01/2019

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Nahass Fight for LGBT Refugees: Making History at the UN and...

Nahas’s Fight for LGBT Refugees: Making History at the UN and at the NYC Pride

The Daily Beast 30/11/2018

After fleeing Syria, Nahas made history by becoming the first ...

2018 Transgender Day of Remembrance: Sasha's story

2018 Transgender Day of Remembrance: Sasha's story

20/11/2018

For the 2018 Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), SOGICA is ...

Being gay in Pakistan: A story from Lahore

Being gay in Pakistan: A story from Lahore

Il Grande Colibri 26/10/2018

The story of a young gay man from Lahore, Pakistan, collected ...

"I’m in a bad dream”: A story from Ireland

"I’m in a bad dream”: A story from Ireland

GNC - October 2018 19/10/2018

Aoife Moriarty for the Magazine GNC (October 2018, Issue 346) ...

Fleeing the United States: Danni, trans activist seeking asy...

Fleeing the United States: Danni, trans activist seeking asylum in Sweden

The Local 12/10/2018

Ruben Dieleman, Dutch freelance journalist and an assistant re...

'Were brothers, sisters and activists: the Greek collective ...

'We’re brothers, sisters and activists’: the Greek collective of gay and trans refugees

The Guardian 28/09/2018

For persecuted gay and trans refugees, getting together has gi...

Living with fear: Kabir's story

Living with fear: Kabir's story

BuzzFeedNews 14/09/2018

The Government threatened to deport Kabir, a guy with learning...