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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, 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Please, feel free to download here the SOGICA Information sheet for participants available in the following languages:

Arabic

English

French

German

Italian

Turkish

Urdu

Farsi

 

 

 

Life Stories

Another deportation to Nigeria - Adeniyi Raji’s story

The Guardian 15/06/2018

Another gay asylum seeker faces deportation from UK to Nigeria. Adeniyi Raji’s story confirms the difficulties experienced by gay asylum seekers in having their asylum request recognised [story collected by The Guardian].

'Life is hell because I support my gay brother' - A story fr...

'Life is hell because I support my gay brother' - A story from Cameroon

76crimes.com 06/06/2018

In Cameroon, if you are a loving, supportive member of a gay m...

Stories from Lesbian Refugees in Germany: Bleiberecht für lesbische Geflüchtete!

Youtube 27/04/2018

A few women, who have claimed asylum in reason of their sexual orientation, share their stories and call for supporting the right to stay for Lesbian Refugees in Germany. If you would like to, sign the petition on change.org.

Life stories under the Gianchette bridge - Ventimiglia

Life stories under the Gianchette bridge - Ventimiglia

Thesubwaywall 11/05/2018

Ventimiglia, an Italian city close to the French border where ...

Confessions of a lesbian refugee from Iran - Jannat's story

Confessions of a lesbian refugee from Iran - Jannat's story

The Establishment 06/04/2018

This is the story of Jannat, a lesbian refugee from Iran livin...

Ibrahim, Tiny, Tendai, Vicky&Taffy and Aldo: stories of life-long battles

Oram International 09/03/2018

These stories of life-long battles were collected by ORAM in "As I Am: Understanding the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of Refugees" (2013), the first educational film for LGBTI asylum seekers.

My name is not as important as my story

InfoMigrants 23/02/2018

A 22-year-old man had to flee Tajikistan just because he was gay. He calls his country "hell for the LGBT community" and appeals to the government to let them live their lives. [Story collected by InfoMigrants]

Fatina, Grace, Hamid and Orashia: Stories of Bisexual Asylum...

Fatina, Grace, Hamid and Orashia: Stories of Bisexual Asylum Seekers

Gay Star News 19/01/2018

As part of [Gay Star News] Bi+ Manifesto season, desperate asy...

A Safe Place to Call Home for Sami and Malik

Advocate 09/02/2018

A house on an ordinary street just outside London is the first in the UK to provide a safe place to call home for LGBT asylum seekers, including for Sami and Malik [by Alison Tate - video by Thomson Reuters Foundation].

An HIV-Positive Gay Asylum Seeker Staged a 7-Day Hunger Stri...

An HIV-Positive Gay Asylum Seeker Staged a 7-Day Hunger Strike in an ICE Detention Facility

The Nation 05/01/2018

This is the story of Jesus Rodriguez Mendoza and his protest f...