Asylum: LGBT People

Home Office written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who are claiming asylum, and have made reference to a reason being their sexual orientation or gender identity, have been held in detention in the last three years for more than (1) six months, (2) 12 months, (3) 18 months, and (4) 24 months.

Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of those individuals being held in detention who are claiming asylum and have made reference to a reason being their sexual orientation or gender identity, what is the longest time in days that any such individual has been held.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Department does not hold pre-July 2015 data in a reportable format however experimental data on asylum claims lodged on the basis of sexual orientation, including the number of claimants who were granted asylum, between 1 July 2015 and 31 March 2017 is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/asylum-claims-on-the-basis-of-sexual-orientation

Unfortunately specific information on the length of time, that those who have claimed asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation, have spent in detention, is not currently published and could only be obtained by a manual check of each record.

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