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LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees from a Legal and Political Perspective

Persecution, Asylum and Integration

  • Provides an enhanced perspective on the experiences of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees

  • Covers three moments: Pre-flight, RSD and the process after granting refugee status

  • Interdisciplinary focus with the predominance of international refugee law

  • Includes various case studies from different countries

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Arzu Güler, Maryna Shevtsova, Denise Venturi
    Pages 1-8

About this book

This book addresses the ‘three moments’ in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers’ and refugees’ efforts to secure protection: The reasons for their flight, the Refugee Status Determination process, and their integration into the host community once they are recognized refugee status.
The first part discusses one of the most under-researched areas within the literature devoted to asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity, namely the reasons behind LGBTI persons’ flight. It investigates the motives that drive LGBTI persons to leave their countries of origin and seek sanctuary elsewhere, the actors of persecution, and the status quo of LGBTI rights. Accordingly, an intersectional approach is employed so as to offer a comprehensive picture of how a host of factors beyond sexual orientation/gender identity impact this crucial first stage of LGBTI asylum seekers’ journey.
In turn, the second part explores the challenges that LGBTI asylum seekers face during the RSD process in countries of asylum. It first examines these countries’ interpretations and applications of the process in relation to the relevant UNHCR guidelines and questions the challenges including the dominance of Western conceptions and narratives of sexual identity in the asylum procedure, heterogeneous treatment concerning the definition of a particular social group, and the difficulties related to assessing one’s sexual orientation within the asylum procedure. It subsequently addresses the reasons for and potential solutions to these challenges.
The last part of the book focuses on the integration of LGBTI refugees into the countries of asylum. It first seeks to identify and describe the protection gaps that LGBTI refugees are currently experiencing, before turning to the reasons and potential remedies for them.

Keywords

  • RSD process
  • Integration of refugees
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
  • UNHCR
  • LGBTI
  • Refugee status determination
  • Asylum
  • Homosexuality
  • Refugee status
  • Trauma
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Homophobia
  • Gender
  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Transgender
  • Bisexual
  • gender, sexuality and law

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of International Relations, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Isabeyli, Nazili/Aydin, Turkey

    Arzu Güler

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

    Maryna Shevtsova

  • Faculty of Law, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

    Denise Venturi

About the editors

Arzu Güler, Adnan Menderes University, Department of International Relations, Isabeyli, Nazili/Aydin, Turkey

Maryna Shevtsova, Program officer at Civil Organization Parents' Initiative TERGO, Kyiv, Ukraine

Denise Venturi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Institute of Law, Politics and Development, Pisa, Italy and KU Leuven, Faculty of Law, Leuven, Belgium 

Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 139.00
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)