Responding to the latest statistics for asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation, Rainbow Migration said:
"We welcome the fact that for the second year in a row, the grant rate for LGB asylum claims has been above 40%, and appreciate the regular publishing of these statistics by the government. However, there is still room for improvement and we remain extremely concerned at plans to reduce the possibility of protection for LGB people fleeing persecution in the future.
The fact that 47% of people who appealed were granted refugee status by an independent judge is a sign that this government is wrongly refusing LGB people who need refugee protection.
The Nationality and Borders Bill will also make it possible for this government to refuse refugee protection to even more LGB people by increasing the amount of evidence required to prove your sexual orientation, applying unworkable time pressures and making people stay in other countries while their claims are processed, thereby forcing many LGB people into the closet for their own protection and risking their chances of being recognised as refugees.
The current situation in Afghanistan highlights the need for people to receive refugee protection in the UK no matter how they get here and without the existing obstacles being multiplied. What we need instead is a kind and compassionate asylum system that treats people fairly and with dignity.
The government should also start publishing data on gender identity claims so that the specific needs of trans people seeking asylum can be met."