Each year, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers apply for asylum in EU Member States. During the Fleeing Homophobia project, Sabine Jansen (COC Netherlands) and Thomas Spijkerboer (VU University Amsterdam) have undertaken a comparative research about how these applications have been dealt with. Further to their findings, they have formulated policy recommendations.
The conference intends to share the research findings with a wider audience; to discuss the consequences for policy makers, decision makers, the judiciary, lawyers, NGO’s and activists; and to see how academic research can be made fruitful for asylum practice, and how practice can inform further research. The conference is scheduled to take place September 5-6 2011 at the VU University Amsterdam.
During the conference, two sessions have been reserved for researchers who want to present papers. Papers are invited on any topic that is directly relevant for LGBTI asylum cases, including (but not restricted to):
- Credibility assessment
- Coming out late
- Persecution by third parties
- Country of Origin Information
- Preventing persecution by being ‘discreet’
- Increasing LGBTI awareness
- Sexual orientation: act or identity?
The conference website www.rechten.vu.nl/fleeinghomophobia is updated regularly.