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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.

 

Life Stories

British transgender woman gets asylum in New Zealand because of persecution in the UK

Pink News 13/10/2017

A British transgender woman has been given asylum in New Zealand because of the persecution she faced in the UK [by Mayer Nissim].

Persecuted beyond borders. The story of a Libyan refugee.

Persecuted beyond borders. The story of a Libyan refugee.

Open Democracy 29/09/2017

The story of a Libyan asylum seeker who found refuge in Italy ...

Asylum seeker 'was asked to provide intimate photos to prove...

Asylum seeker 'was asked to provide intimate photos to prove she was gay'

Mirror 08/09/2017

Skhumbuzo Khumalo fled Zimbabwe, where homosexuality is illega...

Bright rethoric but a dark reality

Bright rethoric but a dark reality

Mail&Guardian 01/09/2017

Being black, queer and asylum seeker in Germany: Anonymous acc...

The story of five LGBTI Africans crossing borders

The story of five LGBTI Africans crossing borders

Getting Out 25/08/2017

Getting Out (D.Neumann etal., 2011) is a documentary film prod...

'I've Lost My Hope': Anika and detention in UK

'I've Lost My Hope': Anika and detention in UK

Broadly- Louis Staples 18/08/2017

If you're facing discrimination in your own country, you're le...

Aderonke Apata wins asylum bid to stay in the UK

Aderonke Apata wins asylum bid to stay in the UK

Attitude 12/08/2017

Aderonke Apata was accused of lying about her sexuality by a H...

Gay asylum seekers beaten close to death in Germany

Gay asylum seekers beaten close to death in Germany

Gay Star News 17/07/2017

After they recover from their injuries, they are likely to be ...

“I will kill myself”: A gay Syrian refugee couple in UK

“I will kill myself”: A gay Syrian refugee couple in UK

Newstatesman 21/07/2017

We haven't any hope this war in Syria will finish. So now we a...

Gloria: Granted support on her third application

Gloria: Granted support on her third application

Refugee Action Report 14/07/2017

This is the story of Gloria, who is a lesbian mother, and her ...