Alexander said that Russia has taken the wrong path in restricting the fundamental rights of its gay community, referring to the recently passed law banning homosexual “propaganda,” which has caused a firestorm of global criticism and condemnation.
Alexander said that refugee claims “related to this particular issue will of course be looked at very seriously by our very generous system.”
Under Canadian law, gay asylum seekers are accepted in the same fashion as other persecuted groups.
Asylum seekers can file a claim after they arrive in Canada because they face persecution by their government, or because they are persecuted by others and their government does not offer protection.
However, the agency said it does not keep reliable detailed statistics on how many claim asylum because they are fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation.