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Immigration and LGBTs – Denied Safe Haven Europe

Published: 10/03/2015

No European country has a perfect record on LGBT rights; from Sweden to Slovakia, there’s room for improvement, both in policy and practice. The legislative equality enjoyed throughout the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Spain may be the exception, not the rule, but for now homosexuality is at least legal throughout the European Union. For LGBT asylum-seekers escaping the institutional persecution of regimes like Uganda’s and Iran’s, the relative freedoms of the EU are worth risking everything.

But any hope that the same legal protections offered to EU citizens would be extended to them when they arrive in Europe is often egregiously misplaced.

 

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