The City of Geneva supports lesbians, gay, bi and trans* (LGBT) organisations and associations active in the field of asylum, which have launched a joint programme of study and action.
LGBT questions have become a major issue of migration internationally over recent years. Increasingly people who are victims of persecution due to their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity, look for protection outside their countries, particularly in Europe.
Coordinators asile.ge , which brings together associations working with migrants and asylum seekers, and have teamed up with the Geneva Federation of LGBT associations, which coordinates the LGBT associations active in the Geneva area, in order to carry out a project to meet the specific needs of LGBT people in the field of asylum in Geneva.
Geneva does not possess much quantitative and qualitative data of the LGBT population seeking asylum. These people, who are part of stigmatized populations and almost totally socially invisible, are often found in specific situations of vulnerability and insecurity.
The “Asile LGBT-Genève” project aims at identifying the needs of LGBT persons in the field of asylum in Geneva and implementing effective actions to improve their living conditions and promote best practices among all actors in connection with this population.
This project is supported by the Service Agenda 21-Sustainable City of Geneva, the Office of Integration of Foreigners of the Canton and by the Service against Racism of the Swiss Confederation.