Worldwide: LGBTI People Fleeing Persecutory Environments

ORAM, The Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, is an international NGO advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees worldwide.

In a 2012 report, ORAM estimates that:

 • 175,000 LGBTI persons are in peril in their home countries worldwide

• 7,500 manage to escape

• Of these, only 750 are able to access the refugee protection system

• Of those, only 350 are officially recognized as refugees

• Fewer than 200 per year worldwide currently attain resettlement based on their sexual orientation or gender identity

ORAM_Rainbow_bridgesWhile the actual numbers of LGBTI persons who escape persecution will never be known, those resettled based on their sexual orientation or gender identity make up a tiny handful worldwide.

This estimate does not include those who do not reveal their LGBTI status to adjudicators, or who receive refugee protection on other grounds — race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in another particular social group.

Source: ORAM: ”Rainbow Bridges”, 2012