Gay refugees are afraid of violence

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GENEVA - JUNE 08: The United Nations emblem iss seen in front of the United Nations Office (UNOG) on June 8, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. Housed at the Palais des Nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General at Geneva. A focal point for multilateral diplomacy, UNOG services more than 8,000 meetings every year, making it one of the busiest conference centres in the world. With more than 1,600 staff, it is the biggest duty stations outside of United Nations headquarters in New York. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Refugees fleeing from war torn countries such as Syria are hiding their identity because they fear being attacked, or even killed. Their sexuality and gender identity puts them in danger. The Organisation for Refugee, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) works with vulnerable refugees who are fleeing war to get to safer countries.
Neil Grungas, Executive Director of ORAM said: “People are just absolutely terrified to come out, and rightly so, they will be dead, they will be dead if they come out.” The number of LGBT people who make it through the system alive and request resettlements is small, it does not even reach the tip of the percentage of LGBTQI people that are represented in the international population.”

There are hopes that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Barack Obama are planning two summits to be held in September at the UN to find ways the international community can increase resettlement places.

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