Malta grants first asylum status to transgender refugee

malta today
Miriam Dalli
Original Article:

The first ever transgender person seeking refugee protection in Malta was granted asylum after requesting the protection of the island’s Commissioner for Refugees.

This was the first case in Malta where an individual was granted protection based on gender identity.

Protection was granted by the Commissioner after the case was considered and the individual circumstances of the case were reviewed.

Last year, the government amended regulations to the procedural standards in examining applications for refugee status, to include ‘gender identity’ within the definition of a particular social group for asylum purposes.

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