British government is to review LGBT asylum claims

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The review has been commissioned “in order to alleviate any concerns about the way in which vulnerable claims are dealt with,” Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes on May 22, admitting that their approach is to make sure that asylum claims are viewed complexly, and such factors as religious literacy are taken into consideration. She also addressed the MP Ivan Lewis, vowing to acknowledge “the impact of their decision whilst ensuring appropriate rigor is applied as these routes can be open to fraudulent claims”. Richy Thompson, the group’s director of public affairs and policy, welcomed the news the following day, saying that the majority of LGBT asylum seekers file these applications just to survive, so it is literally a question of life and death. LGBT+ rights campaigners have accused the Home Office of not giving queer people fair and equal treatment, resulting in a decrease of applications which are being accepted. Between 2017 and 2015, the rate of people granted asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation fell from 39 percent to 22 percent, with LGBT-related claims less likely to be approved than the national average.

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