ILGA-Europe and TGEU invite you to apply to participate in a capacity building seminar on LGBTI asylum and a roundtable with public authorities in Brussels, from 27-28 November 2017. Deadline for applications: 10 September 2017
Why a capacity building seminar and roundtable on LGBTI asylum?
For LGBTI asylum seekers, the existing EU asylum standards and their implementation are particularly problematic. Exposed to numerous specific risks in the form of harassment, exclusion, and various forms of violence, LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers face multiple vulnerabilities and marginalisations. These remain inconsistently addressed by governments, with some attentive to the specific needs of the LGBTI population and others seemingly dismissive.
Responding to this, a growing number of LGBTI organisations now work with LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in a variety of ways. Amongst others, these include offering legal advice, setting up support groups and providing shelter, as well as advocating for systemic improvement at the national and supranational levels. Given the specific challenges involved in the asylum context, the provision of these services requires specific skills and knowledge – a challenge reflected in the increased requests for support from the membership of both ILGA-Europe and TGEU.
Building on the success of our 2016 capacity building seminar on LGBTI asylum, ILGA-Europe and TGEU are aiming to help further strengthen the capacities of organisations working with LGBTI asylum seekers, and to encourage the development of systematic and coordinated solutions by also bringing public authorities to the table. In light of the ongoing reform of the EU asylum system, it becomes particularly important to bring ground level experiences of LGBTI asylum to the attention of the authorities responsible for enacting and implementing the policies and legislation affecting the lives of LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers.