On Nov 25, 2016 NL Times reported: Penalties facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Morocco are leading to an increase in LGBT asylum requests in the Netherlands. Today two girls age 16 and 17 are in court n Marrakesh for a kiss and cuddle in public, AD reports.
“There are more and more requests from LGBT people from Morocco who ended up in trouble, Sandro Kortekaas, president of Asylum Support, said to the newspaper. Asylum Support is a volunteer organization that supports foreign LGBT people apply for asylum in the Netherlands.
In September the number of asylum applications from Morocco doubled – 283 in September, compared to 128 in August. Morocco was designated a safe country early this year. This means that Moroccan asylum seekers have virtually no chance of getting refugee status in the Netherlands, unless they are LGBT.