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LGBTQIA+ Refugees

(pronounced – ref-yoo-jee | ˌrɛfju(ː)ˈʤiː)
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The term refugee refers to a person who has been displaced from their home due to war, famine, persecution or hostile political regimes. Unlike economic migrants that leave their homes and countries to seek a better life, refugees are forced to leave, for staying would likely result in imprisonment or loss of life. The definition of a refugee and status were defined at the 1951 Refugee Convention and within the 1967 Protocol. Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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The term refugee refers to a person who has been displaced from their home due to war, famine, persecution or hostile political regimes. Unlike economic migrants that leave their homes and countries to seek a better life, refugees are forced to leave, for staying would likely result in imprisonment or loss of life. The definition of a refugee and status were defined at the 1951 Refugee Convention and within the 1967 Protocol. Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution in other countries.” To seek asylum relates to requesting citizenship from another country on the grounds of being displaced or holding refugee status. To be granted asylum is where citizenship within the requested country has been given.

From an LGBTQIA+ perspective, currently, 71 countries still have laws in place which criminalise same-sex relationships, and 13 countries impose the death penalty if prosecuted. LGBTQIA+ individuals at risk of imprisonment or death can request asylum due to sexual or gender persecution. In 2021, it was estimated that there would be over 79.5 million refugees worldwide.

  • Forced to leave their homes or countries
  • Remaining or returning to their homes would likely result in imprisonment or loss of life
  • Asylum is the process whereby a refugee obtains citizenship from another safer or less hostile country


  • According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), over 79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes, with about 33% under the age of 18
  • The number of LGBTQIA+ individuals claiming asylum is not officially recorded or published; however, according to the UNHCR, they have seen an increase in cases relating to fear of persecution due to gender identity or sexual orientation
  • The number of LGBTQIA+ refugees and those emigrating to escape persecution has increased, with many coming from countries such as Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Pakistan, Brazil and Saudi Arabia
  • Canada, Britain, the United States and countries within the European Union are all popular destinations for LGBT refugees escaping persecution
  • Any members of the LGBTQIA+ community can claim asylum as “members of a particular social group” where they fear persecution or harm should they return to the country in which they reside
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RefAid - Refugee Aid App
RefAid – Refugee Aid App
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Refugee Buddy
Refugee Buddy
English | Android | IOS
Pride Counseling - LGBTQ Specialized Therapists
Pride Counseling – LGBTQ Specialized Therapists
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Bumble Bees - LGBTQ Club for Lesbians, Trans, Gays
Bumble Bees – LGBTQ Club for Lesbians, Trans, Gays
English | Android
Outfest Now
Outfest Now
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From marriages and unions to the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships, discover how well each country treats members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Updated each year, you can learn of the positive and negative developments for every country worldwide. Learn more about LGBTQIA+ Worldwide equality today

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Over the past 50 years, the LGBTQIA+ global community has seen many positive developments, where the rights and protection for community members have greatly improved. The improvements and changes are a direct result of the exceptional individuals who stood up, often at great personal risk, to fight for and promote community rights. Discover more about some of these exceptional individuals today



(literal translations for popular languages)

难民 [nànmín]
لاجئ [laji]
беженец [bezhenets]
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