Migration Board has decided that people who lived openly as
gay or lesbian in Iran should be granted asylum.
While there will
still be individual assessments of each case, the
board's new decision will take into account the risk that
the person might be persecuted because of their sexual
"The situation of
homosexuals and bisexuals [and] transgender
people in Iran is difficult," Henrik Winman, a lawyer with
the migration board, told Swedish paper Dagens
Nyheter, A Swedish LGBT rights group has met with
the migration board several times concerning the
comes on the heels of the case of a 25-year-old Iranian
who fled to Sweden after he and his boyfriend had been
arrested several times in Iran.
board allowed him to remain in Sweden as a refugee as
it considered whether he would be at risk of
persecution in Iran because of his sexual orientation.