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The Linguist 58,6 - Dec/Jan2020

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FEATURES 8 The Linguist Vol/58 No/6 2019 Why it's important that LGBTI+ asylum seekers have access to LGBTI+ interpreters. By Anna Ware In 2018-2019, 31,589 people applied for asylum in the UK, seeking refuge. Most of these people have been through unimaginable suffering and trauma, both in their home country and on their journey here. Once they arrive, they have to negotiate the complex asylum process. Language is a crucial part of this process and should not be a barrier to making a claim. The quality of interpreting can have a direct impact on the services provided, from guidance at the asylum contact centre to legal assistance, as well as on the outcome of their asylum claim. Each year, around 2,000 asylum applications are made by LGBTI+ 1 people fleeing persecution, abuse and violence due to their sexual or gender identity. Same-sex relations are illegal in 70 countries, with six imposing the death penalty. In many more countries, homosexuality and transsexuality are not accepted culturally, leading to suffering, isolation and cruelty, not aimed solely at the individuals themselves but also at their family and friends. Last year, only 39% of asylum applications were granted on an initial decision, and this drops to around 20% for A safe space

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