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.

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Tahiri’s story

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

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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

Whos Gonna Love Me Now
Social inclusion

Who’s gonna love me now?

On the 12th of June, the MRI LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees choir joined the members of several LGBT networks at Credit Suisse to watch the film “Who’s gonna love me now?”. The film follows Saar

Social inclusion

100Km London to Brighton Challenge – I made it!

Dear friends, colleagues and family As many of you know already from following the updates on MRI’s Facebook and twitter, on Saturday I completed the London to Brighton 100Km challenge in 16 hours and 54

Sista Sista meeting
Social inclusion

How Sista Sista tackles poverty of LBT women

Sara is a lesbian refugee from Uganda. When she was outed as lesbian, she was removed from education, beaten, humiliated and ultimately forced into a marriage with an older man.