The project’s plan of activities includes three main phases.
The first phase consists in delineating in greater detail the project’s theoretical frameworks, exploring how human rights, feminist and queer studies can be used as particular lenses to inform the analysis of SOGI asylum claims.
The second phase corresponds to the fieldwork to be carried out in the three countries identified for the case studies, i.e., United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, as well as the European Union and Council of Europe.
The third phase is dedicated to analysing the data collected and to producing detailed policy recommendations in regard to law, policy and decision making in the national asylum adjudication systems, the EU’s Common European Asylum System, and the CoE’s policies. The project also considers what happens to SOGI asylum seekers after the decision making process is complete – both for those individuals whose claims are accepted and those whose claims are refused – and makes recommendations relating to integration policies and practices in all three countries. At the same time, considering relevant issues that emerge from the Brexit’s process over the course of the project, SOGICA will also analyse how a framework for fair treatment of SOGI asylum seekers in the UK can be achieved outside of the EU. As a result, practical guidelines will be issued for the reformulation of the current EU, CoE and domestic approaches towards the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, in the light of the past 60 years of political, social and cultural transformations.
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During the life of the project, the SOGICA team has also launched four different videos that were shot in Italy and in the UK in cooperation with the video-making unit of the University of Sussex:
- the SOGICA project team video, through which the SOGICA Principal Investigator and researchers explain what the project is about and why it matters, alongside contributions from Caroline Lucas MP (UK) about why SOGI asylum should be a concern for everyone:
- the SOGICA German video, with contributions from Anbid – SOGICA Advisory Board member – and Nina – SOGICA researcher responsible for the German case study and the queer theoretical framework:
- the SOGICA Italian video, with contributions from Mazen – activist in Italy, Cristina – representative of the SOGIESC unit of UNHCR Italy and Carmelo – SOGICA researcher responsible for the Italian case study and the human rights theoretical and legal framework:
- the SOGICA UK video, with contributions from ‘Angel’ – asylum claimant, Caroline Lucas – MP and Moira – responsible for the UK case study and the feminist theoretical framework: