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Lawyers remain the key players in the journey of many asylum seekers

Despite the UK's position as a driver of positive change in international equality law, the risk remains that this change could slow down

16 October 2015

It was timely to hear about the work of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) this week. The charity may only be small in size, but it has been punching above its weight for the past twenty plus years, fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers and those wishing to move to the UK to be with their same-sex partner.

Since it was formed, the UKLGIG has lobbied successive governments and opposition parties and succeeded in securing long-lasting change to immigration legislation. Although it took time to be fully realised, the unmarried partners concession has changed the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of couples seeking to live their lives in the UK.

In recent years, the UKLGIG has focused on support for those fleeing persecution in their home countries because of their sexuality. It is shocking that still, in 2015...

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