Gay refugees were rehoused after being spat on and attacked by fellow asylum seekers in Amsterdam

Published December 7th, 2015 - 08:49 GMT
Fleeing persecution, only to have the persecution continue. (Twitter)
Fleeing persecution, only to have the persecution continue. (Twitter)

Five gay asylum seekers in Amsterdam have had to be rehoused due to concerns for their well being after they were attacked and spat on by fellow refugees. The Dutch newspaper Her Parool reported that three refugees from Syria, one from Iraq and one from Iran were moved to another location after the incident.

They were moved into a house owned by Rochdale, a housing corporation. A Salvation Army spokesperson said that the men’s safety could not be guaranteed in their former housing.

Some are concerned segregating LGBT refugees might be stigmatizing, with junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff saying that he did not support separate housing. Philip Tijsma, from the Federation of Dutch Associations for Integration of Homosexuality COC Netherlands (COC), told Her Parool that they often do not dare leave their rooms.

This weekend, four other gay refugees were reported to have moved to a seperate house in Rotterdam.

Reports also suggest that beginning next year, gay refugees will have their own accommodation in the Groenhof refugee center.

Questions about the safety of LGBT asylum seekers have been raised before, with the Canadian government highlighting the issue in its recently updated refugee policy. LGBT individuals will be prioritized by Canada alongside whole families and vulnerable women in their refugee selection.

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