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A British Home Office minister has confirmed that LGBTI Syrians fit the vulnerability criteria for identifying refugees under the UK's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.
By
Drew Sheldrick

10 Dec 2015 - 11:53 AM  UPDATED 10 Dec 2015 - 11:53 AM

The UK government has confirmed that LGBTI Syrians will be among those resettled under its Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

Home Office Minister Lord Bates confirmed their inclusion in writing this week in response to questions from Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven in Parliament.

"The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR’s) vulnerability criteria for identifying refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme include persons at risk due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and LGBTI refugees are identified through their normal screening procedures," Bates wrote.

Lord Scriven had also asked what resources and services will be provided to LGBTI refugees resettled to the UK in order to address their specific needs.  

"Local authorities are provided with full case details of all referrals so they can make an assessment of the needs of refugees, before deciding whether to accept them for resettlement," Bates said.

"Whilst the government provides funding to ensure these needs can be met, it is up to individual local authorities to decide how this should be achieved."

UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced in September that the UK will resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the course of this Parliament given the "scale of the crisis and the suffering of the Syrian people".

In a statement on Tuesday, executive director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group Paul Dillane welcomed the news that LGBTI Syrians will be among those resettled.

“Resettlement is often the only durable solution to guarantee the safety of LGBTI people due to the grave dangers many experience in refugee camps and places of displacement," Dillane said.

"LGBTI refugees who are resettled in the UK are likely to be traumatised and isolated, many will have been rejected by their families and communities. It is essential that provision is made for their specific needs."