Yngvild Gotaas Torvik has submitted her master thesis on queer asylum, titled “Safeguarding borders, or safeguarding queers – Norwegian perceptions of (in)credible LGBT asylum seekers at the intersection of ‘LGBT friendly’ norms and restrictionalist immigration policies”. This was written as part of the research project Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare: Global battles.
The thesis explores the parallel trends of increasingly stringent immigration policies and progressively strenghtened rights for queer individuals, taking the viewpoint of both Norwegian citizens and Norwegian immigration authorities. How do actors perceive queer refugee claimants and the credibility of their asylum applications? Do their perceptions of LGTB asylum seekers reflect the rise in “LGBT friendly” norms and/or increasingly restrictive immigration policies?