Gay and lesbian asylum seekers face ‘intrusive’ sexual questions

Lesbian and gay asylum seekers are being stereotyped by Home Office immigration staff, who are asking inappropriate and “unnecessarily intrusive” questions about their sexuality, an inspection has found.

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Home Office staff asked gay, lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers questions such as “Why did you feel the need to have sex every day when you were on vacation?” and “What do you believe a relationship with a man may provide that is absent from a heterosexual partner?”

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The report was carried out by Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine, who found a fifth of interviews with gay and lesbian asylum seekers included assumptions or questions which were based on stereotyped views about homosexuality.


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