IRQR assists asylum seeking LGBT Iranians with finding refuge and provide them with the opportunity for a new chance at life. We do this by providing education, guidance and support to individuals in making asylum claims outside of Iran and assist them throughout the resettlement process.

The Need

Under Islamic Republic of Iran law, LGBT face systemic persecution and are deemed to be criminals just for being who they are. As a result they face prosecution and punishment ranging from flogging to the death penalty. Many undergo forced sex changes to avoid the death penalty.

As a result, many LGBT Iranian flee to save their lives, leaving their family, friends, love ones and everything else behind.

A Refugee’s Journey

The most common place Iranian LGBT flee to is to Turkey where they seek aslym from the UNHCR. Today the resettlement process, administered by the UNHCR, can take up to 3 years where in the past it was 10-14 months.

Until they have official documentation, asylum seekers are in limbo: they face the daily fear of being arrested or deportation, and face many other challenges. They must find a job to survive, put a roof over their heads, and survive without a social support system, as most make this journey for freedom alone they mostly have little or no money. That is where IRQR seeks to help.

The long wait for resettlement to a new home, free from persecution, bears a heavy toll on refugees. IRQR provides guidance about the resettlement process and enable individuals to plan and anticipate the challenges ahead. Applicants are guided through the process by members of IRQR who have come from similar situations. This support is vital to the physical and mental wellbeing of the applicants throughout the process, and helps ensure better integration and chances of success in their new life.

Although our goal is to help 100% of our applicants, some of them do not make it through the process. Some succumb to the harsh realities of mental illness and take their own lives; unable to survive the arduous circumstances claimants are forced to go through.

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Refugee Program Stages

IRQR provides guidance and assistance at three different stages of the resettlement process:


IRQR responds to individual inquires made at the pre-UNHCR registration process…


IRQR gives assistance during all stages of the UNHCR process…


We assist with the completion of  immigration forms, counseling for the immigration interview…


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How to Donate

As IRQR responds to the growing number of individuals seeking asylum from fear and persecution, so too must our resources available to help them. IRQR relies on the support of donors, predominately from the LGBT community to carry out our work. You can make a contribution to help save an LGBT refugee’s life here.


Contact Info

  • P.O.Box 72604 Greenwin Sq. PO, Toronto, ON, M4W 3S9 Canada
  • 001-416-985-7456
  • info@irqr.ca