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Friday, 16 September 2011

Paper: In Europe but not necessarily of it: Switzerland, queer refugees, and Amnesty International

By Michael Dreyer and Jonathan Gibbs

In a referendum on June 5, 2005, Swiss voters were asked to decide two issues, and they approved both of them. With 54.6 percent of the vote, Switzerland joined the Dublin and Schengen accords of the European Union. And 58 percent of voters granted same-sex couples the right to register their partnership. Both decisions are relevant to the topic at hand. Yet before addressing LGBT refugees in Switzerland, some background is necessary in order to understand the Swiss context. We will first look at asylum in Switzerland in general terms, followed by a brief discussion of the changes brought about by the Dublin agreement. Then, we will touch on the Swiss attitudes toward LGBT people regardless of their origin, before finally turning to the immediate plight of queer refugees, and the means to support them.

In Europe but not necessarily of it: Switzerland, queer refugees, and Amnesty International

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