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resources for lgbtqia+ asylum seekers & refugees


This resource shows you what support you can receive as an asylum seeker in the UK

This guide has information for:

  • Housing
  • Mental health and wellbeing support
  • Practical support, casework and community groups
  • Legal support
  • If you are outside of the UK and need help getting somewhere safe



If you have sought asylum in the UK but have not yet been granted refugee status then you are entitled to specific levels of support.

Asylum seekers usually are not permitted to work in the UK, and many need to rely on support from the Home Office. Housing is provided under this support, but asylum seekers usually do not get to choose where this is, or where they want to live.

If you are an asylum seeker in need of housing, or the housing you have been provided is unsafe or otherwise unsuitable, you need to call Migrant Help on 0808 801 0503. It can take a long time to get through, so be patient. Migrant Help also provide interpreters during phone calls so don’t be afraid to ask.

Once refugee status is granted, you will no longer be able to stay in your asylum accommodation. You will either need to find your own accommodation, or if you have nowhere to go you can make a homeless application. See Centrepoint’s resource on how to do this here.

Unsure what to do when you’re first granted refugee status? Check out Rainbow Migration’s resource on this here.


Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

Asylum Seekers can register for and access all NHS primary healthcare free of charge. For more information about NHS services for asylum seekers in the UK, see here. People who have been granted refugee status can access all NHS services. You can register with a GP and see what support they are able to offer you, including referring you to specialist mental health providers. You can request an interpreter to be present at GP appointments if necessary.

There are also some external specialist organisations who can provide mental health support to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees.