This report is a sub-goal of the Attention: Detention project. It is an interview study about young LGBTQI people in detention. The report is divided into two topics that are linked to the LGBTQI youth’s situation in detention centers: the topic of security and safety and the topic of hospitality.

The report contains a collection of experiences from the Newcomers Youths legal advisor, stories of three LGBTQI youths who have the experience of being in detention, and interviews with two representatives from the Swedish Migration Agency.

At the end of the report, the conclusions of the study are presented together with a number of recommendations for the Swedish Migration Agency regarding necessary improvements for young LGBTQI asylum seekers in detention.

The people who recorded the voices for the audiobook are not the same persons interviewed in the text, except in the preface from the organization’s board which is read by the Chairperson Jêran Rostam.

The report is written and recorded in Swedish.

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The project “Attention Detention” aims to counteract the lack of information about the rights that LGBTQI young persons have at the Migration Agency’s detention centers. The goal is to improve the legal security of young LGBTQ people during the asylum process and thus promote their mental and physical well-being. The situation of young LGBTQ refugees is particularly complex. For example, suppose one fears speaking about their sexuality or gender identity. In that case, that can bring them a risk of being rejected for asylum and consequently may end up in detention.

By using a rights-based perspective, this project includes visits to the Migration Agency’s detention centers. The recruited volunteers are those who visit these locations, and their aim is to provide support to young LGBTQI people by listening, giving advice, and information about their rights.

Finally, a report is written as a final product, and we hope that it will contribute to an improvement in the asylum system. The report will be sent to the EU and distributed internationally in order to promote the defense of asylum law. This project will highlight and focus on the living conditions, voices, and stories of young LGBTQ people detained by the Migration Agency.

Attention: Detention is funded by the Stenbeck Foundation.