Gay Refugees In Amsterdam Put In Separate Accommodations After Being Attacked

"LGBT people are extra vulnerable and I consider it crucial that they have a safe environment," said alderman Simone Kukenheim.

Gay asylum-seekers in Holland have been moved to new lodgings after being attacked by other refugees, reports Dutch news outlet the Parool.

Five refugees—three from Syria, one from Iran and one from Iraq—were moved to a house owned by housing corporation Rochdale after being spat on and attacked in a Amsterdam relocation center.

An employee takes care of the last preparations for a refugee camp in the Heumensoord area in Nijmegen on September 29, 2015. Deep in a tranquil Dutch forest a transformation is taking place, as the Netherlands scrambles to set up camp for thousands of migrants who will start arriving this week. Between September 30 and October 2, 2015 the first of 3,000 desperate asylum-seekers are expected to stream through the gates at Heumensoord outside the eastern Dutch city of Nijmegen on the border with Germany. AFP PHOTO / ANP BAS CZERWINSKI     ==NETHERLANDS OUT==        (Photo credit should read BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The men were moved after it was determined their safety could not be guaranteed, said a spokesperson for the Salvation Army, which runs refugee shelters in the capital.

“They often don’t dare to leave their rooms,” said LGBT activist Philip Tijsma.

Earlier this fall, two other asylum seekers were rehoused after being harassed at a refugee center in the southeast neighborhood of Zuidoost.

Amsterdam is considered one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world. Next year, gay refugees will have their own wing in the Groenhof refugee center.
 

 
“LGBT people are extra vulnerable and I consider it crucial that they have a safe environment to recover and receive care,” said alderman Simone Kukenheim.

Junior minister Klaas Dijkhoff has previously opposed separate accommodation for gay refugees, calling it “stigmatizing.”

h/t: Dutch News

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