Exploring the plight of LGBTI refugees

On 28 June, the Agency and the then Maltese Presidency of the EU held a breakfast meeting to discuss the situation of LGBTI refugees.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Vienna-based diplomatic community, researchers, NGOs, representatives of the Austrian government and Vienna city as well as LGBTI refugees.

The meeting aimed to raise awareness with a variety of Vienna-based stakeholders of the problems LGBTI people face. The Maltese Ambassador, H.E. Mr Keith Azzopardi, in his welcoming statement, emphasised that Malta made the issues of equality including for LGBTI people, a priority for the presidency. FRA’s Director presented the work of the Agency, particularly the findings of the report Current migration situation in the EU: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex asylum seekers.

Two refugees, one from Chechnya and one from Tajikistan, gave testimonies on their situation and the needs of LGBTI refugees in Europe. The NGO Queerbase presented its work and called for more action to protect LGBTI refugees.