The LSVD has compiled information on the asylum legislation for LGBTIQ refugees in Germany. It provides explanations on the process of recognition of the refugee status, procedures for asylum and Dublin procedures, church sanctuary, but also integration courses and family reunification.
Queer Refugees Germany
The project Queer Refugees Germany of the LSVD also offers first legal advice by phone.
Languages: German, English, French, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Spanish (others on request).
0049 – 221 – 92 59 61-17 (Lilith Raza) / 0049 – 221 – 92 59 61-20 (Patrick Dörr)
Contact to local counseling centers for refugees in North Rhine-Westphalia
For a personal consultation, there are counseling centers and initiatives in many municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia, that advise refugees on legal issues (asylum, residence, immigration law and social law). These consultations are free of charge. The Flüchtlingsrat NRW e.V. (Refugee Council North Rhine-Westphalia) itself does not offer individual advice, but arrange the contact to the local counseling centers.
The network booklet of the Flüchtlingsrat NRW e.V. contains the contact information of all regional counseling centers.
Regional advice for refugees at rubicon e.V.
The Cologne-based counseling center rubicon e.V. offers for LGBTIQ specific legal advice and support before, during and after the asylum procedure.
Languages: German, English, Arabic (others on request).
0049 – 221 – 27 66 99 95 2 (Katja Schröder) / 0049 – 221 – 27 66 99 95 1 (Ibrahim Mokdad)
Homosexuelle Selbsthilfe e.V.
The organisation Homosexuelle Selbsthilfe e.V. (Homosexual self-help) supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex refugees in their financial expenses during the asylum procedure. Instructions for application can be found on the website.
Queeramnesty is a task group within Amnesty International. There are several local groups, e.g. in Cologne. Queeramnesty campaigns for the rights of LGBTIQ people worldwide and informs and reports on the situation in different countries.
The website of the “Informationsverbund Asyl und Migration e.V.” (Information Network on Asylum and Migration) provides a lot of information about the asylum procedure in Germany. Specific court decisions on asylum and residence regarding LGBTIQ people can be searched in their database.
Language: Mainly German, individual information sheets for refugees in other languages available
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA Europe)
ILGA Europe is the Europe-wide union of many local and national LGBTIQ organisations. Here you find information on the social and legal situation of LGBTIQ refugees in Europe.