Mary Creagh – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Mary Creagh on 2016-03-22.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many LGBTI Syrian refugees she estimates will be resettled in the UK by 2020.

Richard Harrington

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR’s) vulnerability criteria for identifying refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme include persons at risk due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and LGBTI refugees are identified through their normal screening procedures.

We are working with UNHCR and other partners to intensify their outreach to groups that might otherwise be reluctant to register for fear of stigma/discrimination and unaware of the safe space and options available to them. This includes all religious minorities, LGBT, people with disabilities, survivors of torture and sexual violence and others.

The scheme is based on need and supports those who cannot be supported effectively in their region of origin, we cannot therefore provide long term forecasts.