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Signed statement: safe routes, compassion and fairness need to be at heart of Government’s approach
Following the tragic deaths of at least 27 people in the English Channel – including children – it is time for serious action. We cannot stand by and let this Government’s harsh rhetoric and ill-thought-out approach go unchecked.     This Government’s policy of grabbing cheap headlines and…
Windrush learnings: Not much progress toward a fairer and more compassionate asylum system
The Windrush scandal exposed systemic Home Office failures that caused financial loss and emotional distress to many people. There are significant parallels between the Windrush nightmare and the suffering of others who experience the UK asylum and immigration system.      We have submitted…
Home Office failing LGB asylum applicants
A new report published this week has found that Home Office targets are preventing asylum decision-makers from adequately assessing claims based on sexual orientation.   The report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration reveals that an internal Home Office review in 2019…
Our response to the statistics for asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation
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…
Open letter to the Foreign Secretary regarding the safety and security of LGBTQ+ Afghans
Together with Stonewall, we have written to the Foreign Secretary to call for his leadership in creating the conditions needed for LGBTQ+ Afghans to be evacuated, and request an urgent meeting to develop an appropriate response that includes LGBTQ+ Afghans as a priority group for assistance…
Government willfully ignoring plight of LGBTQI+ refugees
The government has disregarded Rainbow Migration’s concerns about possible discrimination against LGBTQI+ refugees under their New Plan for Immigration, saying they will mitigate them with “appropriate training of relevant staff”.   In March, the government announced sweeping changes to the…
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Rainbow Migration responds to 'cold-hearted and cruel' Nationality and Borders Bill
Today the government announced changes to the asylum system, which include proposals such as:   Housing people in overseas reception centres while their asylum claim is being processed Requiring claims to be made immediately on arrival and all evidence to be submitted at the beginning of the…
The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group is now Rainbow Migration
On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we are excited to announce our new name: Rainbow Migration. Our new brand marks a new period in our future, while focusing on the issues that matter most to us: supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system.…
LGBTQI+ People Seeking Asylum and HIV: ‘I’d rather deal with a real elephant!’
We work with people from all around the world and wellbeing is the focus of our support services. Everyone has a different experience of HIV but a common theme has been that HIV support and prevention services are a territory that are not always known and come with their own set of risks. ‘We…
Betsy Arosemena
From refugee to trustee
The difference between Refugee and Asylum Seeker might not seem like much to someone on the street but for a lot of us, it is the bridge between life and death. I went through the process of asylum eight years ago and although so much time has passed since then and I have become a British citizen,…
Usman Gul
UKLGIG responds to the outsourcing of asylum interviews
The Home Office has announced that it plans to bring in commercial contractors to carry out asylum interviews and gather evidence for claims, which are used to determine whether applicants should be granted refugee status.    Reacting to the news, UKLGIG Executive Director Leila Zadeh said:   “…
UKLGIG responds to the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report: May 2020
The Migration Statistics Quarterly Report: May 2020 was released today (21 May).   We welcome the fact that fewer people are in detention, but it’s concerning that 650 people were in detention for more than 28 days, including one person who was held for almost three years.   The figures also…
UKLGIG responds to the Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention report
Today’s publication of the Independent Chief Inspector’s audit report on the Home Office’s Adults at Risk policy has highlighted a contradiction in the Home Office’s own policies and guidance. On the one hand, they say sexual orientation is not a risk factor, and elsewhere they recognise that open…
Screenshot of Independent Chief Inspector Annual inspection of Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention
Taking care of yourself during COVID-19
We know that this must be an extremely challenging time for you, our service users. As most of you are aware, we won’t be running our monthly meetings, support groups or social events during this time and our office is currently closed. However, we continue to offer legal advice, emotional and…
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Home Office and Sweden’s Migration Agency face similar challenges in assessing LGBTQI+ asylum claims
This is a guest blog by a former member of staff at Sweden’s Migration Agency. The views are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of UKLGIG.   The Home Office and Sweden’s equivalent, the Migration Agency, both have guidance for staff on assessment of LGBTQI+ claims. However…
Form showing an asylum claim has been refused