New EU asylum rules will better protect LGBT people

Today the European Parliament adopted a new version of the European Union law on asylum procedures. The text contains notable improvements for LGBT asylum-seekers.

The new Directive now foresees that some asylum-seekers “may be in need of special procedural guarantees due […] to their age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity […]“.

When receiving an asylum application, Member States must now assess “whether the applicant is an applicant in need of special procedural guarantees” listed above.

Member States must now make sure LGBT applicants’ special needs are met, including if they are identified as such later during the asylum procedure.