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Tue Aug 20, 2019, 05:36 AM

Gay man who fled Morocco says LGBT asylum seekers' claims are 'not being taken seriously'

A gay asylum seeker has accused the Home Office of not taking LGBT+ migrants’ sexualities seriously.

Abderrahim El Habachi fled Morocco two years ago out of fear he could be imprisoned for his sexuality.

He said that he is now part of a “huge community” who have come to the UK “to live their lives in an authentic way”, but have faced poor treatment under the British asylum system.

“The Home Office is putting people through hell,” he told ITV News.

“They don’t believe our sexual orientations or the struggles we are facing in our countries.”

El Habachi said that in Morocco, LGBT+ people are considered criminals and live under the constant threat of violence.

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