Home Office of UK has officially confirmed that now there are 4x more LGBT asylum seekers than it used o be five years ago. 1,115 people cited sexuality is a reason for seeking refuge in the most recent figures, referring to 2014. The government has previously refused to disclose how many asylum applications it has actually accepted from LGBT people fleeing homophobic countries, amid reports of degrading treatment and Home Office challenges. People seek asylum in European countries like UK because their sexuality or gender identity is illegal or publicly judged in their homeland.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told PinkNews: “One of the reasons that people are claiming persecution has been due to a series of African governments introducing the death penalty for homosexuality. Take the example of Uganda. Whilst we have made incredible progress, in many parts of the world there has been rise in threatening behaviour towards homosexuals and repressive governments have had a crackdown. Due to the work that aid organisations have done and civil rights campaigners – more people have felt that they can be supported and seek refuge.”