Britain is accepting thousands of Syrian refugees. But where are the Christians?
No Christians at all were among more than 1,000 Syrian refugees resettled in Britain in the first quarter of this year. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) originally recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in Britain, of which only four were Christians. The Home Office agreed to resettle 1,112 of them, all Muslims.
The figures were revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Barnabas Fund, a charity which provides aid to Christians in Muslim countries.
Last year, the agency said, the UNHCR recommended 7,060 Syrian refugees to Britain, of whom only 25 were Christians. Of the 4,850 accepted by the Home Office last year, only 11 were Christians.
“It shows a pattern of under-representation and significant prima facie evidence of discrimination that the Government has a legal duty to take concrete steps to address,” the Barnabas Fund said.
Christians made up about 10 per cent of Syria’s pre-war population. Why, then, are so few being resettled in Britain?
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