LGBT asylum seekers granted refugee status in NZ | Radio New Zealand News

On June 18, 2017 Radio NZ reported: At least 40 asylum seekers have been granted refugee status in New Zealand because of their sexual and gender orientation.

Twenty-five cases were approved by Immigration New Zealand in the past five years and further cases have been approved by an appeals tribunal based on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender status.

The numbers approved by Immigration New Zealand have tripled from three in 2012 to nine this year, about 8 percent of all successful asylum applications.

In the most recent case, the Immigration and Deportation Tribunal granted refugee status to a bisexual Pakistani man, who lived with a transgender woman in Whangarei and Auckland”

The appellant does not wish to conduct a secret life,” it said.”He wishes to be able to live openly with a partner of his choosing. [Should] the appellant return to Pakistan and attempt to exercise his right to privacy, by freely choosing his sexual identity and forging meaningful relationships, there is a real chance he will experience violence, or worse, at the hands of police or vigilante groups.

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