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Every person should be able to enjoy human rights and be free from fear, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, in many places these human rights are not recognized, and expression of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be isolating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.

So what do all of these categories mean?

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How to apply for asylum

Anyone who fears persecution, violence, or inhumane treatment in their country of origin (either by the government or by others) may apply for asylum to be protected and to live in another country. You have the right to a fair asylum procedure, and if your asylum request is granted, as a refugee you have rights to housing, healthcare, education, and access to the labour market.

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Applying for asylum based on being LGBTI

If you fear persecution in your home country for being (or even being perceived as) LGBTI, you can apply for asylum in the Netherlands. If asylum is granted, you will have the right to live and work in the Netherlands.

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