Earlier this month LISG members met with the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration to offer insight and feedback on their experiences of seeking sanctuary in the UK.
The Inspection of the Home Office’s Handling of Asylum Claims based on Sexual Orientation is a direct commission from the Home Secretary. Our feedback will be incorporated into a report which will inform the way in which the Home Office handles asylum claims based on sexual orientation in the future.
Our members raised concerns regarding the way in which the Home Office conducts asylum interviews; the lack of information give about the process and the implications of each stage of an asylum claim; the culture of disbelief around seeking asylum based on sexuality – proportionately higher asylum rejection rates; how one tiny inconsistency given in an interview e.g. about a specific date will be jumped upon as evidence that the whole asylum claim is bogus; the use of detention centres where victims of gender violence are managed by male private sector guards; how women are left in detention centres for months and years.
We look forward to reading the report and hope that it will have a positive impact on Home Office practices and policies.