LGBT migrant and refugees: one of the most vulnerable groups in modern Europe. Epsilon aims to increase knowledge, skills and awareness of professionals who come in contact with them

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equipping professionals for supporting lgbt refugees
More than a million migrants and refugees arrived into Europe in 2015.

In 2016, this flow continues at a rate of 55,000 per month. The conflict in Syria continues to be by far the biggest driver of migration, but the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, abuses in Eritrea are also leading people to look for new lives elsewhere. Just 3% (34,215) came by land to Bulgaria and Greece; the rest came by sea to Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Malta. The vast majority arrived by sea in Greece (over 1.000.000); over 163.000 arrived by sea in Italy (Source: UNHCR). Compared with the previous quarter, the number of first time asylum applicants in the second quarter 2015 notably jumped in the Netherlands (+159%) (Eurostat). Violence at the collective and personal level is the key driver that forces these individuals to abandon their homes. While doing so, their basic needs and human rights are compromised. This also includes their free choice of identity, dignity and respect. It also includes being free to exercise their sexual orientation and have a partner from the same sex. Continue reading

  • In Bulgaria and Greece

  • In Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Malta

  • Based on sexual orientation and gender identity

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Project coordinator – United Kingdom
Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 2XU P: 0044 (0)2070644380, Office M: 0044 (0)7833224442

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Project partner – Italy
Via Lenin, 55 41012 Carpi (MO) T: 059.645421
F: 059645087


Project partner – Greece
75, Skoufa str. Athens 10680, Greece P: +30 210 3637547
F: +30 210 3639758


Project partner – Netherlands
Catharijnesingel 47 | 3511 GC Utrecht – Postbus 19129 | 3501 DC Utrecht T 030 789 2217 (direct)
M 06 55 44 05 21


Project partner – Cyprus
Likavitou Avenue 29, 1st Floor, 2401, Nicosia, Cyprus P: +357-22002108 (Office)
F: +357-22002115