Black Looks - Including an African LGBTIQ+ Archive


Why are Nigerians applying for asylum?

UNHCR reports that 4,816 Nigerians applied for asylum in the first 6 months of 2008 making the country the 9th highest after countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, China to name a few. I know of two Nigerians who have sought asylum on the basis of their sexuality, one gay man and one lesbian. The former, activist Davis MacIyalla, was given asylum in about 3 weeks which is highly unusual as most asylum cases take years. The lesbian spent a year in detention at Yarls Wood and was eventually deported back to Nigeria. I wonder what what are the claims of this years applicants and how many have been successful.