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The Countries From Which LGBT People Are Seeking Asylum

The Countries From Which LGBT People Are Seeking Asylum

Data analysis provides insight into the countries that LGBT asylum seekers come from and their experiences in the asylum process.

See also: Humanitarian Diplomacy: The U.S. Asylum System’s Role in Protecting Global LGBT Rights by Sharita Gruberg and Rachel West

Although the United States recognizes persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity as grounds for asylum, it does not collect any sexual orientation or gender identity data. Immigration Equality provided the Center for American Progress with its data on completed asylum cases from 2010 to 2014 to provide insight into where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people seek protection from, their experiences in the asylum process, and how certain factors affect case outcomes.

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For further source information regarding definitions provided in this interactive, please see “Humanitarian Diplomacy.”

Sharita Gruberg is a Senior Policy Analyst for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Andrew Lomax is the Data Visualization Producer at the Center.

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Sharita Gruberg

Former Vice President, LGBTQI+ Research and Communications Project

Andrew Lomax

Data Visualization Producer