Still falling short


This report is a qualitative study of Home Office decision-making in asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It examines Home Office decision-making against the applicable Asylum Policy Instruction: Sexual Orientation in Asylum Claims (version5 of February 2015 and version 6 of August 2016). A separate chapter is dedicated to asylum claims made on the basis of gender identity.

Applying HJ (Iran) and HT (Cameroon) to asylum claims based on sexual orientation

The Home Office should update its policy documents, including the Asylum Policy Instruction on Sexual Orientation and Country Policy Information Notes, to give separate summary guidance for each of the four questions in HJ (Iran) in the order in which they arise.


Submission to Home Affairs Committee inquiry into Immigration Detention


The government should end the detention of all LGBTQI+ people, and in particular GBTQI+ asylum seekers. The government should implement at limit of 28 days on all immigration detention. The Home Office should make greater use of alternatives to detention.