Refugees & Asylum Seekers

LGBTIQ refugees may flee their countries due to persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, or for the same reasons as any other refugee – such as ethnic conflict, political unrest, or the lack of religious freedom. However, in countries where they seek safety, LGBT refugees often risk being harassed, hurt, or even killed.

They may be targeted by other refugees, host communities, or government officials and police, who may threaten to arrest and detain them. LGBT refugees are often reluctant to seek assistance for fear of revealing their sexual orientation or gender identity to people who may subject them to further persecution. This “invisibility” has prevented many organisations from reaching out to LGBT refugees and helping them access services including critically needed medical care. Assistance organizations are increasingly recognizing LGBT refugees’ unique needs and vulnerabilities, especially in countries that are unwilling or unable to protect their human rights. It is a moral imperative for Catholic Communities to offer support and sanctuary to those fleeing from harm and persecution.

seeking asylum is a human right