[European Union] Sicilian Volunteers Help African LGBTI Migrants Hit by New Italian Law

06 May 2019
Source: 
The New Humanitarian

The Italian government recently introduced a law abolishing humanitarian protection for people not directly affected by conflict or natural disasters, and henceforth, new comers and long-term asylum seekers will not be offered a two-year residence permit. This law especially impacts people fleeing homophobia in their home countries. In order to respond to the needs of LGBTI asylum seekers—to give them a new home and to help them integrate into society—‘La Migration’ centre was founded in 2011, to provide free legal, psychological, and cultural integration services. So far they have helped 120, mostly young, gay Muslim men from West Africa, of whom 56 were accepted for protection in Italy. Prior to the new law, proving the sexual orientation of an asylum seeker was challenging, but the new law will make it even more difficult. Overall, the percentage of refugee status rejections since the implementation of the law has risen from 52% to 82%.   

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