A new survey has launched which is looking to examine the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) migrants in Ireland.
The National LGBT Federation (NXF) conducted the largest ever consultation of the LGBT+ community in Ireland in 2016, the Burning Issues 2 study. One group of people in our community which was identified as needing more understanding and support as those who have migrated to Ireland – particularly those who came seeking asylum.
The LGBT Actions to Include Migrants project is a collaboration between the NXF and our LGBT community members who are migrants to create the first research study by, for and about LGBT people who have moved to Ireland. It is intended to produce recommendations for how they can be better supported in Irish society by our government, and by our community.
If you have come to Ireland from another country to live, work or study and you identify as LGBT then the NXF would like to learn about your experiences: “Having an understanding of the experiences of LGBT migrants in Ireland will help to provide information about how, as a country and as a community, we can become more aware of their needs and act on them.” said Dr. Chris Noone, coordinator of the project.
The questions have been carefully chosen after workshops were held in Dublin and Galway to which members of the LGBT+ community who are migrants to Ireland were invited. The topics covered in this survey were collectively chosen by the people who attended these workshops.
“The information we will obtain will improve our understanding of the experiences of migrants in our community and the government can respond to the needs of LGBT migrants and asylum seekers,” added Dr. Noone.
This study is being organised by the research sub-group of the National LGBT Federation and has been funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for Ireland.
Your participation is entirely voluntary. Taking part will involve completing a survey about being a migrant in Ireland. The questionnaire takes about 25 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers.
If you are a member of our LGBT community, and you have migrated to Ireland, please contribute to this project by taking part in our survey click here. Please share this survey widely as we want to hear from all members of our community who have migrated to Ireland. It takes 20 to 25 minutes to complete.
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