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Norway gov confirms it is to prioritise LGBTQ+ refugees

The Norway Government has confirmed it is to prioritise LGBTQ+ refugees, recognising that persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation may be a reason for moving.Grunde Kreek Almeland, State Secretary for Integration Affairs in the Ministry of Education, said: ‘Unfortunately, in many countries, you are not free to love who you want.‘In nearly 70 countries, homosexuality is criminal and those who violate gender and sexuality norms may be subject to persecution and discrimination in their home country”.‘We are now changing the guidelines for the work of transfer refugees so that [LGBTQ+] persons … should be given priority.’In 2020, Norway was set a ‘floating quota’ to welcome 3,000 transfer refugees each year.

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