Housing

Providing safe temporary housing for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees in the UK

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LGBTI people claimed asylum in the UK between July 2015-March 2018 (The Home Office)

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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.

We also provide moving on services as well as various social inclusion programmes.

Awards

In recognition of our safe housing we were winners of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Innovation Award 2017 and winner of the 2018 Best CSR Programme of the Year by the Legal Business Awards.

Credit: Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Success stories

Rainbow Hands

Kaira and Muhammed’s stories

Success stories of Kaira, an intersex asylum seeker from a Latin American country and Muhammed, a gay asylum seeker from Bangladesh

Cataleya in a MRI home

Cataleya’s story

From sleeping rough on the streets of London to finally finding safety in an MRI safe house

Do you work with asylum seekers or refugees?

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.

Latest updates

Rainbow Hands

Kaira and Muhammed’s stories

Success stories of Kaira, an intersex asylum seeker from a Latin American country and Muhammed, a gay asylum seeker from Bangladesh

Cataleya in a MRI home

Cataleya’s story

From sleeping rough on the streets of London to finally finding safety in an MRI safe house

Group dance workshop

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.

Contacts

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