Forced Migration Review: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Protection of Forced Migrants

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This issue of FMR is particularly relevant for humanitarian practitioners working in refugee status determination, CCCM, and with displaced people more broadly; this issue demonstrates the heterogeneity of diverse SOGIE refugee communities and individuals.

This issue of Forced Migration Review considers the specific needs, vulnerabilities and best practices around LGBTI refugees, asylum seekers and otherwise displaced persons. The articles in this issue are 2-7 pages long. Articles touch on topics such as mental health challenges for LGBTI displaced persons; a Brazilian case study; a case study of a community group formed in Mae La refugee camp; the shift in international attitudes towards diverse SOGI as grounds for granting asylum; a map of global laws regarding same-sex sexual activity; assessing asylum claims of transgender persons; and emerging best practice in Nairobi, among other topics.

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"Although displacement may provide an opportunity [for the diverse SOGIESC community] to express a profoundly felt personal aspect of their identity that has not been possible or allowed in their country of origin, safety and protection are often elusive in these other countries too, where LGBTI forced migrants are frequently met with unacceptable and sometimes incomprehensible treatment."

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