Missing the Mark

Asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity have been recognised in the United Kingdom since 1999. However, from 1999 to 2009 having a right to seek refugee status and actually gaining asylum were two very different things as evidenced in UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)’s report “Failing the Grade: Home Office initial decisions on lesbian and gay claims for asylum”, April 2010. The research report found that 98 to 99% of asylum claims made by lesbians and gay men were rejected compared to 73% of general asylum claims.