Why we run safe houses dedicated solely to LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees
In 76 countries homosexuality is illegal. 1,500 LGBTI refugees from those countries come to the UK every year.
When they come to the UK they are still not safe. Because of their sexuality, gender identity, gender expression or intersex status they often:
are abused in refugee accommodation by other refugees who often come from the same countries they are escaping from
become homeless and depressed
rejected by their ethnic community and lived in poverty
What we are doing to help LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees
Micro Rainbow International opened the first safe house in the United Kingdom dedicated solely to LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. Our houses provide a safe and temporary shelter for all LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. They are located in the London area and in the West Midlands.
If you work with LGBTI asylum seekers or refugees and you want to make a referral for MRI’s housing, please download the referral form and follow the instructions. To make a referral to any other service, please email our Outreach Officer.
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.
MRI was selected from a shortlist of 30 and a total of 1,095 applicants from 36 countries as a finalist in the European Social Innovation Competition. The 2016 theme Integrated Futures sought ideas with the potential
On 23 August 2016 HMRC provided Micro Rainbow International (MRI) with an advanced assurance that social investments in MRI to raise funding for its housing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) refugees should qualify for the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) scheme