New statistics released from the UK Home Office have revealed they are now rejecting more LGBT+ asylum seekers than ever before, the Independent reports.
The grant rate for people claiming asylum on the basis of sexual orientation has dropped from 39 percent in 2015 to 22 percent in 2017, while the number of applications refused has risen by 52 percent.
One gay man, who wishes to only be known as Mo, had his claim rejected: “The Home Office treat me like I’m a liar. I’ve told them my situation, but they don’t believe me. I have a medical report and they asked why it was in English, but that’s normal in my country. I don’t know how I can prove to them that my story is true.”
Diane Abbott, Labour’s shadow home secretary said: “This is deeply concerning. Ministers need to offer an explanation as to why there has been a drop in protection offered to those in an already vulnerable position, who may be seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation.”
"Many individuals who I speak to seeking asylum on the grounds of their sexuality or gender identity are in disbelief how they are treated by the Home Office,” said Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven.
“I urge the Conservative government to establish a dedicated unit to handle asylum applications, outside the Home Office and free of political interference. These inhumane and degrading practices must come to an end immediately.”