Together with Asylum Aid, we have compiled a list of resources to help anybody involved in representing a person seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual or gender identity or expression. These include:
- Home Office statistics and guidance
- UNHCR guides and information
- ICIBI reports
- Country information
- Case law
- Support services and more.
Publications & Links
Claim asylum in the UK – Home Office asylum page.
Asylum Policy Instructions – Home Office policy instructions detail, including on page 8, reference to “membership of a particular social group” (the outcome of Shah v. Islam  in the House of Lords).
www.ecoi.net – provides up-to-date and publicly available country of origin information
Guidelines on International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees.
2012 accomodation on release leaflet – A very useful leaflet published by BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) in February 2012
Woman’s Asylum Charter – Two legal guides produced by Rights of Women entitled “Domestic Violence, immigration law and “no recourse to public funds”” and “Trafficking, sexual exploitation and the law”. These guides set out the legal and financial support options available to women who have been trafficked or who are experiencing domestic violence and have an insecure immigration status. Available to download free of charge.
Advicenow – A selection of legal information resources, for asylum seekers and refugees, from a wide range of providers.
Asylum Seekers and Refugees – NHS overview – entitlement to NHS treatment
ICAR – The information centre about asylum and refugees in the UK.