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The proportion asylum claims from members of the LGBT+ community that have been rejected by the Home Office has surged in recent years, according to government data.

In total, 78 per cent of asylum claims that included a reference to sexual orientation were refused last year, or a total of 1,464 people. This was a 52 per cent rise on 2015’s figures when 61 per cent or 964 similar claims were rejected.

Campaigners said the figures were “deeply worrying” and claimed the Home Office had “set the bar too high” for people seeking protection.

Many are left with no option but to return to countries where they could face prison, violence, or death, they added.

The data, which the government only started publishing last year, shows that of the 5,316 asylum applications made on the grounds of sexual orientation over the three year period, 3,776 were refused.

Of the 2,908 claimants who appealed their negative decisions over that time, more than two thirds had their rejections overturned, the figures show.

The proportion of LGBT+ claims accepted by the Home Office was considerably steeper than the drop in the grant rate for asylum seekers overall, which fell from 40 per cent to 32 per cent over the same period.


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