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Refugee Resources

Your Refugee Hearing by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)

Have you made a refugee claim in Canada? Do you want to know more about refugee hearings? See what a hearing room at the Immigration and Refugee Board in Toronto looks like, and learn about who may be at your hearing and what they do.

Before your hearing starts, you check in at reception in the waiting room. Your lawyer and any witnesses also wait there.

Making an LGBTI Refugee Protection Claim in Canada - Info Sheet by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights (Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish)

Information Sheet: Making an LGBTI Refugee Protection Claim in Canada

Contains: information and resources on what is involved in making a refugee protection claim in Canada, geared specifically toward LGBTI persons.

Primary Audience: individuals who are considering seeking asylum in Canada due to persecution, violence or threats because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI), or because others perceive them to be.

Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven? (Report, September 2015)

This report from the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights research project looks at the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) asylum seekers living in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and the experiences of community service providers. It offers 37 recommendations for improving policies and services. For the research, eight community partners organized focus groups with 92 asylum seekers, and service provider focus groups were also held. The research was conducted in 2012-2014, a time of significant change in Canada’s immigration and refugee system.