President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees Dr. Sommer receives the Lesbian and Gay Association for talks in Nuremberg31/10/2021
On the afternoon of October 1st, representatives of the Lesbian and Gay Association in Germany (LSVD) met with the management of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in Nuremberg to exchange views on various topics concerning the treatment of queer refugees. BAMF President Dr. Hans-Eckhard Sommer had invited the LSVD to the headquarters of the German asylum authority in Nuremberg. The meeting was preceded in the morning by an exchange between the association and specialist departments of the Federal Office.
ECJ declares preclusion periods for filing follow-up asylum applications as inadmissible08/10/2021In its judgment of September 9th of 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) answered several questions which the Austrian Administrative Court had asked it regarding the admissibility of follow-up asylum procedures. The ECJ ruled that follow-up asylum applications of queer applicants cannot be rejected as inadmissible simply because they did not come out in the initial procedure. At the same time, however, according to the ECJ, EU member states have the right to introduce regulations to check whether the refugees are not at fault for not having addressed the aspects they were already aware of in the initial procedure.
Asylmagazin publishes again an issue with focus on LGBTI+16/09/2021
In its issue 7-8/2021, the asylum magazine Asylmagazin has once again examined a “Thematic focus: sexual and gender identity as a reason for fleeing” and published, among other things, three articles on this topic. In the first article, the author Petra Sußner explains the strong influence of heteronormativity on the legal practice and develops an alternative, interdisciplinary approach to deal with LGBTI+ cases. In the second article, the authors Philipp Braun, Patrick Dörr and Alva Träbert describe cases in which the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) discovered “Outings of queer asylum seekers by trusted lawyers of the Foreign Office”. In the third, the same three authors finally present the so-called “discretion requirement” and “How the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the courts continue to undermine the Supreme Court’s guideline”.
New Explanatory Videos Answer Asylum System Related Questions12/04/2021
LGBTI individuals who apply for asylum in Germany or who are planning to do so, find themselves facing an entire spectrum of challenges. On the one hand there is the asylum application process and the legal allocation of the persecution they have experienced; on the other hand there are housing questions as well as issues related to the protection from violence at housing facilities. As early as 2017, the Germany-wide LSVD project Queer Refugees Deutschland developed a guideline covering these issues, which provides well-founded answers to these questions. On the website, it is currently available in nine languages. In collaboration with the LGBTI consulting office Rosa Strippe in Bochum, this guideline has now been used as the basis for the development of explanatory videos to provide the most barrier-free access to this information possible.