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United Kingdom: Whether sexual orientation (i.e. homosexuality) is considered under the Convention grounds of "membership in a particular social group" in determining Convention refugee status, and if so, statistics of positive decisions since January 1998

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 May 1998
Citation / Document Symbol GBR29405.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, United Kingdom: Whether sexual orientation (i.e. homosexuality) is considered under the Convention grounds of "membership in a particular social group" in determining Convention refugee status, and if so, statistics of positive decisions since January 1998, 1 May 1998, GBR29405.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab0b5c.html [accessed 11 December 2017]
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Information on whether sexual orientation (i.e. homosexuality) is considered under the Convention grounds of "membership in a particular social group" in determining Convention refugee status could not be obtained from the sources consulted by the Research Directorate, including the British High Commission in Ottawa and the (British) Refugee Council in London.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Sources Consulted

British High Commission, Ottawa.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), San Francisco, Calif.

(British) Refugee Council, London, United Kingdom.

Secretariat of the Inter-Governmental Consultations, Geneva. September 1997. Report on Asylum Procedures: Overview of Policies and Practices in IGC Participating States.

     United Kingdom. 1996. The Asylum Appeals (Procedure) Rules 1996.

     _____. 1996. Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.

_____. 1993. Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993.

US Committee for Refugees (USCR). 1997. World Refugee Survey 1997.

     Electronic sources: IRB Databases, LEXIS/NEXIS, REFWORLD.

Oral sources: Unsuccessful attempts to contact five oral sources.

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