Euro Parliament updates asylum system for gay refugees


The European Parliament updated the European Union’s system for examining asylum claims last week – and now plans to categorise people fleeing persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity as a "special needs" group.


The move will help protect unsuccessful LGBT asylum-seekers from being fast-tracked for deportation and create a process for training national asylum officials on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other changes.

"Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people fleeing countries such as Iraq, Uganda, Honduras or Indonesia must receive particular protection," said MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, vice president of the Parliament’s LGBT Intergroup.

"This is a major step towards fully complying with our engagements under international asylum law."

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