United Kingdom

The leading organisation promoting integration of LGBTI refugees in the UK. Every year, over 1,500 LGBTI people claim asylum in the UK on the basis of their sexual orientation, and/or their gender identity, and/or the way their body looks.

Angela
Social inclusion

Angela’s story

Angela’s story highlights the need for social inclusion and empowerment of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees

Sanctuary at The Walthamstow Wetlands
Social inclusion

Sanctuary at The Walthamstow Wetlands

This activity, dancing at the Wetlands, allows LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees to use their bodies to express themselves and to heal past trauma. MRI’s social inclusion programme is a key element of our holistic approach to integration.

Tahiri Jones profile photo
Housing

Tahiri’s story

This article explains the journey of one of MRI’s beneficiaries and the housing support he received from MRI

Group dance workshop
Housing

Suffering in silence: the invisibility of LGBTI refugees

On World Refugee Day, we wrote a blog for Amnesty International LGBTI Network. We discussed the invisibility of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees and challenges they continue to face including discrimination, isolation, poverty and homelessness.

Choir at Allen & Overy
Economic empowerment & advocacy

Sharing our work at Allen & Overy

On 22 May, MRI with the LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees choir joined the Allen & Overy LGBT Network “A&Out”. MRI’s Founder and CEO, Sebastian Rocca, presented the work of MRI in Brazil, Cambodia and

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Economic empowerment & advocacy

Why asylum seekers should be granted permission to work

In this briefing paper, Why asylum seekers should work, MRI’s Director of Social and Economic Inclusion, Jill Power, describes MRI’s view on a controversial issue that affects the lives of thousands of people seeking refuge