EASO updates guide on researching the situation of LGBTIQ-persons

As part of the EASO Practical Guide series, the European Asylum Support Office published a guide on researching the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender and queer persons (LGBTIQ) in countries of origin.

The guide should serve the needs of both experienced and less experienced COI researchers, as well as asylum caseworkers conducting COI research on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer persons in countries of origin. Additionally, it may assist lawyers, legal aid providers and judges working in the asylum procedure.

Researching the situation of LGBTIQ persons in countries of origin can be challenging for several reasons, such as the variety of search terms, scarce sources, and lack of detailed/specific information for particular profiles. To address such research challenges, EASO's 2015 research guide on the situation of LGB persons was published[1], which initially focused on the main profiles of lesbian, gay and bisexual persons. Since 2015, more EU+ countries have indicated to the Agency an increase in applications from transgender and intersex persons, demonstrating a need to expand the Research Guide to additional profiles.

Differences with the 2015 COI Research Guide are: inclusion of gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics; an update of the terminology and glossary; an update of possible research questions to include different aspects of the situation of LGBTIQ persons, and an update of the sources in Annex II.“ (EASO message, 12 November 2021)

You can download the document (PDF, 74 pages) from the EASO website:

EUAA - European Agency for Asylum:Country of Origin Information; Research Guide on LGBTIQ, February 2023 (rebranded version, methodological content identical)

Original version:
EASO: COI Research Guide on LGBTIQ; EASO Practical Guides Series, November 2021

(For the 2015 version, see here.)

[Updated in February 2023 to reflect the rebranded EUAA version]

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