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New study on newly arrived LGBT people's health

Published: 19 November 2019

In a research and development project focusing on LGBT issues and integration, researchers from Luleå University of Technology, Halmstad University and Stockholm University collaborate to investigate new arrivals' health.
– It is gratifying that both representatives from RFSL and newly arrived LGBTQ persons are involved in the studies, says Catrine Kostenius, professor at Luleå University of Technology.

The aim is to investigate the experiences of newly arrived LGBT people in relation to health and their thoughts on the future. Staff from RFSL are also involved.

Engaged are RFSL in North Norrbotten, Västmanland and Gothenburg, which collaborates with researchers from the three universities.

RFSL initiated the network Newcomers 2014/15 and is now found throughout the country. One of the active groups is in Norrbotten.

– We arrange meetings once a week with different activities, everything from baking to bowling, says Joakim Hackström Larsson, at RFSL Norra Norrbotten.

Eleven participants from three different Newcomers groups have talked about their lives, how they feel and about their future thoughts. Participants come from Iraq, Uganda, Russia and Syria, among others.

– Some describe how they lived in the shade and felt more dead than living in their home country. They say that here in Sweden they have met people who care about them and that they are accepted and loved for who they are, says Catrine Kostenius, professor of health sciences at Luleå University of Technology.