According to a statement from the aid organization Maneo, two gay asylum seekers from Russia are said to have been discriminated against at the Berlin refugee office. The two 19-year-olds did not want to be housed in a general emergency shelter because they might be discriminated against by other residents, Maneo said Monday.
Although they have a special protection status, on March 11 an employee of the State Office for Refugee Affairs did not refer them to special accommodation for gays and lesbians.
The worker said the gay couple had no special rights, adding that if they “don’t fuck everywhere” in the usual accommodation, “they wouldn’t have any problems.”
On March 24, the debates on special protection were renewed. On March 25, the two men were sent to Osnabrück to a general shelter for refugees and a room with 40 other people. “There is a suspicion here that the two Russians will be punished by deportation to Osnabrück,” said Maneo’s manager Bastian Finke.
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A spokesman for the refugee office said the behavior displayed was unacceptable. The employee has not yet been identified, it is possible that she belongs to the external security service. All employees receive regular training on how to deal sensitively with people who are particularly vulnerable. (dpa)