Asylum: LGBT People

Home Office written question – answered on 6th April 2017.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people identified as LGBT were held in asylum detention centres for more than (1) one month, (2) two months, (3) six months, and (4) one year, over the last two years.

Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government in relation to those claiming asylum on the grounds of being LGBT, how many cases have not been determined after (1) one year, and (2) two years, from the date of the individual claiming asylum.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

On 27 February 2017, the Home Office responded to an FOI request asking for information relating to detainees who identify as LGBT in the immigration detention estate. The FOI asked for information relating to detainees who identify as LGBT in the immigration detention estate. These questions concerns asylum seekers, who have been recorded as being LGBT, and the numbers held in detention and the time taken to determine their asylum claims.

The data you have requested in relation to LGBT asylum seekers over the last 2 years is not readily available. The required information would only be recorded in the case notes sections within the Home Office database or held solely on the paper files. The time required to examine individual cases and extrapolate the required data would exceed the cost limit.

We are currently reviewing how and when to publish information on LGBT asylum claims though no decision has yet been taken regarding either a final timetable or the methodology of any such release.

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