Research project: Fleeing Homophobia

Asylum claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the EU

voorkant poster Fleeing Homophobia

About the project
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) and Thomas Spijkerboer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) have undertaken a comparative research about how these applications have been dealt with. Further to their findings, they have formulated policy recommendations.

The research findings and policy recommendations were shared and discussed during the conference 'Fleeing Homophobia'. The conference took place at 5 and 6 September 2011 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Research report 
Download the research report Fleeing Homophobia in several languages

National Questionnaires
Papers and Abstracts


Fleeing Homophobia is a project of COC Netherlands and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Avvocatura per i diritti LGBT/ Rete Lenford, and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. Fleeing Homophobia is funded by the European Refugee Fund, the Dutch Ministry of Justice, and the participating organisations.