Gay Refugees In Amsterdam Put In Separate Accommodations After Being Attacked
Gay asylum-seekers in Holland have been moved to new lodgings after being attacked by other refugees, reports Dutch news outlet the Parool.
Five refugees—three from Syria, one from Iran and one from Iraq—were moved to a house owned by housing corporation Rochdale after being spat on and attacked in a Amsterdam relocation center.
The men were moved after it was determined their safety could not be guaranteed, said a spokesperson for the Salvation Army, which runs refugee shelters in the capital.
"They often don’t dare to leave their rooms," said LGBT activist Philip Tijsma.
Earlier this fall, two other asylum seekers were rehoused after being harassed at a refugee center in the southeast neighborhood of Zuidoost.
Amsterdam is considered one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world. Next year, gay refugees will have their own wing in the Groenhof refugee center.
"LGBT people are extra vulnerable and I consider it crucial that they have a safe environment to recover and receive care," said alderman Simone Kukenheim.
Junior minister Klaas Dijkhoff has previously opposed separate accommodation for gay refugees, calling it "stigmatizing."
h/t: Dutch News