LGBT migrants are being ‘put through hell’ by the Home Office, according to a gay asylum seeker who fled Morocco two years ago to avoid being imprisoned for his sexuality.
Speaking to ITV News, Abderrahim El Habachi said: “The Home Office are putting people through hell because they don’t believe their sexual orientation or the struggles we are facing in our countries.
“When we come here we have a lot of dreams and we are following that rainbow but somehow the rainbow is stripped from us.
“We need allies to help us accomplish that dream.’’
El Habachi also explained why Morocco was a country from which he felt he needed to flee: “There is a big hostility towards the LGBT community.
“It was always, ‘hide yourself, hide yourself,’ and don’t show your colours. If you show your colours it means that you are going to face the most discriminatory behaviour and homophobia.
“If people sense that you are gay, they can beat you and you have no right to complain.
“You are the victim at that moment, but in the eyes of the law, you are the criminal because you are gay.”
In a statement to ITV, the Home Office said: “The UK has a proud record of providing protection for asylum seekers fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The statement continued: “Each case is considered on its individual merits and all decisions on claims based on sexual orientation are reviewed by experienced caseworkers.”
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