Despite Canada’s reputation as an accessible and secure country for refugees, sexual minority or Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) refugees face unequal and harsh treatment throughout the claim process. Due to unchecked practices, stereotyping and societal assumptions, SOGIE refugees experience higher levels of risk, barriers, and vulnerability than other refugee claimant classifications. The current lack of institutional knowledge, familiarity, and experience has hindered the ability of the Canadian government to properly respond to the needs of SOGIE refugees.
This policy brief explores the current state of SOGIE refugee claimants in Canada and Alberta, the modern issues faced by the social group, and analyzes whether the Immigrant and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) guidelines introduced in May 2017 are sufficient to correct the issues existing within the current claim process.
Read the brief here.