The Rainbow Asylum Rights Experience (RARE) is a research program that documents LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers' experiences globally. Safe Place International in partnership with International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), and Positive Voice has conducted 2 research projects:
A Comparative Study of Asylum Policies for LGBTQIA+ Asylum Seekers in Europe
This research highlights the challenges in the EU asylum system for LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers to obtain refugee status, and also gives recommendations to combat these challenges. This project involves qualitative research through virtual interviews and second-stage desk research.
Mapping Vulnerabilities of LGBTQIA+ Refugees & Asylum Seekers in Greece
In partnership with Positive Voice and funded under the 'No One Left Behind' Fund of ILGA, 121 LGBTQIA+ refugees and asylum seekers in Greece were interviewed with in-person and online assessments. This qualitative research was carried out to enquire into the living conditions of LGBTQIA+ refugees and asylum seekers as a way to document their lived realities. This was the largest qualitative evaluation into the living conditions of this community in Greece, so far. This research was carried out to determine the short-term needs of LGBTQIA+ refugees and asylum seekers, as well as to build the capacity to tackle root causes of their socio-economic inequalities, and to develop resilience and strength in these communities as they respond to COVID-19 crisis and future ones.