Asylum proceedings and interview
You were prosecuted and discriminated against in your homeland because of your sexual orientation or gender identity? This can be a reason for asylum in Germany; look for advice and support for your asylum proceedings as soon as possible. Do not attend the asylum interview unprepared, take legal advice beforehand.
For all questions concerning asylum proceedings you need to consult an advice centre near you. Please contact the local lgbtiq* youth group or our queer youth support office for further contact information.
Legal information for lsbtiq * Refugees can be found on the page of the project Queer Refugees Germany of the LSVD
You can find general information for all refugees on the following websites:
You have the right to take a person of your choice and who you trust to assist you at your BAMF (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees) interview. Contact the queer youth support office (Fachstelle Queere Jugend NRW) or one of the regional projects for this.
Education on Health and Sexuality
You want to learn about the health system in Germany and your rights? You can download an advice guide on the Federal Ministry of Health’s website:
You can’t forget your journey and what you experienced and it is putting a lot of stress on you? You can’t sleep and maybe have nightmares? You are downcast and possibly depressed? Seek professional help! The Network of Psychosocial Centres for Refugees and Torture Victims in NRW offers advice to refugees and can support you in finding a therapy place.
Information about trauma is available in different languages. On the following page you can also find simple exercises to calm down and relieve stress.
You have questions about sexuality or the human body? The Federal Centre for Health Education’s Project Zanzu provides you with initial answers in many different languages
At Aidshilfe, you can get information about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and how to protect yourself during sex. You can be tested for HIV by Aidshilfe in your area and receive answers to all your questions about sexuality and safer sex.
Information for trans*gender refugees
At the moment there is only a limited amount of multi-lingual information about the position and rights of trans* people who have fled to Germany
Transgender Europe (TGEU) has produced an English-language brochure to support trans* refugees
Learn the language
Learning German is not simple but there is still no way around it.
If you want to learn on your own, you can find the opportunity to do this on the learning platform
Which language courses are an option for you and how to find a language course in NRW you can look on the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees’ website. There you can also learn whether you can already start an integration course.
You can find out who offers these integration courses if you enter your town’s postcode on the following web page.
Studying in North Rhine-Westphalia
You want to continue your studies in Germany? Or start a new course of studies?
General information about studying in Germany can be found on the page Study in Germany of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.
There is an advisory service for refugees at almost every college or university in NRW. An overview is available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In order to apply for a course of study you must prove that you meet the requirements. Uni-Assist will check this for you. It is free for refugees.
Once you have received a residence permit you can look for your own flat or room. In Germany, lots of young people live together in Wohngemeinschaften (flat-sharing communities). At the moment there are few available flats in large cities and it is difficult to find anything. Along the journey towards your own flat there are still lots of things to apply for and to be aware of. In the projects for young LGBTQI* refugees we aim to support you in this.
Another LGBTQI* open project is Flüchtlinge Willkommen (Refugees Welcome). They bring refugees looking for accommodation into contact with flat-sharing communities.