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GAPS IN SERVICES FOR YOUNG LGBTI REFUGEES AND NEW MIGRANTS

A report on the needs and experiences of LGBTI youth from refugee and newly-arrived migrant backgrounds has identified major gaps in available support services.

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22nd March 2014 08:59

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

The Nothing for Them report by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) interviewed people working in a wide range of services and policy roles relating to young people who are asylum seekers, refugees or newly-arrived.

A recurring issue raised in the interviews was the invisibility of LGBTI people accessing the services who did not feel comfortable disclosing their LGBTI status. However, many service providers reported working with clients from these backgrounds.

Most interviewees argued better training for staff in organisations providing services to LGBTI young people from refugee backgrounds was the best way to improve these services.

The study also found that along with some problems around LGBTI-inclusiveness in refugee, newly-arrived and asylum-seeker services, there were potentially issues with how inclusive LGBTI-specific services were for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

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