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LGBT Asylum: In Conversation with the UK Border Agency

Posted on 1 June 2011

"UK becoming a leading destination for asylum seekers who are claiming to be gay." (Daily Mail, 8 July 2010)

As a gulf appears between nations where lesbians, gay men and transgendered people may live freely and others where they face persecution, there appear to have been increased applications for asylum on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. These applications often lead to jaw-dropping headlines, but they have also caused some to voice concerns about the ability of UK Border Agency caseworkers to deal with such cases effectively.

Are such concerns justified? What are the challenges, and where might improvements be made?

Mishcon de Reya has taken an active role in the debate. In collaboration with the Gay Women's Network (GWN) we invite you to join us for a panel discussion and debate.

When: Thursday 9 June 2011, 6.00pm arrival for 6.30pm start
Where: Mishcon de Reya, Summit House,12 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4QD

Our confirmed panellists are:
Bill Brandon - UK Border Agency (Deputy Director, NAM+ Quality and Learning; Refugee Integration and Resettlement)
Sarah Humphreys - Chair, ELOP
Ruth Hunt - Director of Public Affairs, Stonewall
Designated Immigration Judge John Manuell – First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)

The event will include a questions and answer session, followed by drinks and canapés.

If you have any queries please contact Colleen Noctor on +44 20 7440 4720 or by email

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