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  • Category: Reports
  • Source: NGOs
  • Subject: Asylum/Refugee,Bisexual
  • Place: Africa,Burkina Faso,Cameroon,Cote d'Ivoire,Ghana,Guinea,Liberia,Mali,Morocco,Nigeria,Senegal,Sierra Leone,Sudan,Tanzania
  • Year: 2017
  • File: PEI-UnveilingUnspokenLensReality_-Eng.pdf.
Due to the high rate of poverty, political strive, religious intolerance and access to job opportunities, most Africans have to travel to Europe to find greener pastures and make their lives successful. As a result, many are fleeing their country of origin to Europe through Spain where they hope to find greater safety, freedom and happiness. Upon arrival in Spain, a nation characterised by the co-existence of progressive legislation upholding human rights for all. African migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are faced with new challenges: discrimination in the work place, stigma, homophobia, xenophobia, discrimination and at times verbal abuse. Thus, the gap between the reality and the regulation is huge. Spain is at best an ambivalent case study in terms of the enforcement of human rights. The present report aims to describe different human rights violations faced by this vulnerable type of African refugees, migrants and asylum seekers more often shunned and forgotten by the society.
PEI’s African asylum seekers and refugee project, conducted a survey in order to determine the kind of difficulties faced by African asylum seekers and refugees from across Africa in Barcelona, Spain. Below is a summary of the findings from these surveys made from February to August 2017 gathered from 50 African asylum seekers, migrants and refugees including LGBTQI people from different countries of Africa, living in Barcelona, Spain or transiting in Barcelona to other European countries. This survey targeted African asylum seekers, migrants and refugees between the ages of 18 to 50 years. The present report is based on the in-depth interviews with this selection of African asylum seekers, migrants and refugees living in Barcelona, most of which are from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Sudan and Morocco etc.