Refugee centres are to recruit specialist counsellors for LGBT residents in response to concerns about homophobic bullying.

Some asylum seekers' centres (AZCs) have introduced separate wings to house vulnerable residents, despite the cabinet's opposition to the idea, the Volkskrant reported. Junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff has said the government should focus its efforts on dealing with offenders rather than isolating the victims.

The refugee accommodation service COA said that specialist staff were being trained to act as confidants for gay, lesbian and transgender residents and would start work from 1 August.

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