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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European human rights challenge

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Project "SOGICA" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙000˙565 €
 EC max contribution 1˙000˙565 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX UK (BRIGHTON) coordinator 1˙000˙565.00


 Project objective

This project will generate the first ever theoretically and empirically-grounded comparative and comprehensive picture of the status and legal experiences of asylum-seekers across Europe claiming international protection on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), and determine how the European asylum systems can treat more fairly asylum claims based on the claimant’s SOGI. Every year, thousands of individuals claim asylum in Europe based on their SOGI, and more often than not their claims are treated unfairly, especially considering the disproportionately high rate of refusals on these grounds. There have been very limited attempts to address this issue, and this research will overcome this gap by carrying out a study more comprehensive than any other done in this field in the past, and producing outcomes that are unparalleled in terms of their reach.

My main objectives are: 1) to analyse how SOGI related claims are adjudicated in different asylum legal European frameworks (EU, CoE, Germany, Italy, UK), and 2) to produce detailed policy recommendations in regard to the national, European Union and Council of Europe asylum adjudication systems, to the effect of developing a system that addresses adequately the socio-cultural, gender identity and sexual diversity of asylum-seekers.

For the first time, a combined comparative, interdisciplinary (socio-legal), human rights and empirical approach will be adopted to research this field, which requires a substantial long period of research and sustained funding. This approach ensures the unique character of the findings and their impact on improving the current law, policy and decision-making regarding SOGI asylum claims, which are increasingly under close scrutiny across Europe. I am in a unique position to achieve these objectives, in the light of my experience with publications , projects and NGOs in the field of human rights and refugees from socio-legal, empirical and European perspectives.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Moira Dustin
\"Op-Ed: Sexual orientation, gender identity and asylum in the UK: is \"\"discretion\"\" ever a choice?\"
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ECRE Weekly Bulletin May 2018 2019-06-19
2017 Nina Held
What does a genuine lesbian/gay relationship look like in the eyes of asylum decision makers?
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Discover Society 2019-06-19
2018 Nuno Ferreira, Denise Venturi
Testing the untestable: The CJEU’s decision in Case C-473/16, F v Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal
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EDAL – European Database of Asylum Law 28 June 2018 2019-06-19
2017 Moira Dustin
Designating “vulnerability”: the asylum claims of women and sexual minorities
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RLI Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration 19 June 2017 2019-06-19
2017 Carmelo Danisi, Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira
Academic Armchair: Queering Brexit
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The Badger 13 November 2017 2019-06-19
2018 Moira Dustin
Many Rivers to Cross: The Recognition of LGBTQI Asylum in the UK
published pages: 104-127, ISSN: 0953-8186, DOI: 10.1093/ijrl/eey018
International Journal of Refugee Law 30/1 2019-06-19
2018 Moira Dustin
Neocolonial agendas and asylum for women and sexual minorities
published pages: 25-33, ISSN: , DOI:
Sussex Student Law Journal Ed.1 Vol.2 2019-06-19
2018 Nuno Ferreira, Carmelo Danisi, Moira Dustin, Nina Held
The reform of the Common European Asylum System: Fifteen recommendations from a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Perspective
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May 2018 2019-06-19
2017 Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira
Canada’s Guideline 9: improving SOGIE claims assessment?’
published pages: 80-83, ISSN: 1460-9819, DOI:
Forced Migration Review 56 (October) 2019-06-19

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