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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

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 living in USA [story collected by Abby Higgs for The Establishment].

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 ...

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

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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...

Refugees on campus: Shrouk's fight in UK

Refugees on campus: Shrouk's fight in UK

Campus Society 15/12/2017

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You look like a f**king gay - The shocking stories of LGBT a...

‘You look like a f**king gay’ - The shocking stories of LGBT asylum seekers

Pink News 02/12/2017

In a report published in 2016 by Stonewall and the UK Lesbian ...

Karla Avelar - A transgender activist in El Salvador has sou...

Karla Avelar - A transgender activist in El Salvador has sought refuge in Ireland.

Washington Blade 17/11/2017

Approximately 600 LGBTI people have been killed in El Salvador...