The vast majority are Sunni Muslims: the same religion as the Islamic State

United Kingdom Closes the Door to Syrian Christian Refugees: Only Admits Muslims

Barnabas Fund, an NGO that helps persecuted Christians, published a report a few weeks ago that reveals that the British government is privileging Muslim refugees.

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In a statement posted on its website, this NGO reports that the UK Home Office responded to a request from the Barnabas Fund to publish statistics on Syrian refugees sheltered there in the first quarter of 2018, in compliance with the Law of Freedom of Information. "The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK of which only 4 were Christians, representing a tiny fraction of just 0.29%", that NGO denounces, and adds: "No Yazidis at all were recommended by the UN." even though Christians and Yazidis are precisely the two religious minorities that are being further massacred by the terrorists of the Islamic State.

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Curiously, and as noted by Breitbart London, 90% of the refugees recommended by UNHCR (1,226) were Sunni Muslims, which make up 65% of the Syrian population. The favoritism of the UN towards the Sunnis is especially surprising if we consider that they belong to the same religion as the terrorists of ISIS. In contrast, 127 of the refugees recommended by the UN (9.5%) were Shiite Muslims, considered as heretics by the Sunnis and who have been the target of numerous attacks by ISIS.

The British Government denied all requests of Syrian Christians

As if the marginalization of the UN from non-Muslim refugees was not enough, the British Government ended up excluding the others: "The Home Office agreed to resettle 1,112 of these (82%), all of whom were Muslims, and refused all recommendations of Christians", according to the Barnabas Fund complaint, and that despite the brutal persecution suffered by Christians at the hands of the Yihazid. This NGO has indicated, likewise, that "of the 7,060 Syrian refugees the UNHCR recommended to the UK in 2017 only 25 were Christians (0.35%). However, the Home Office only accepted 11 of these – meaning that Christians made up only 0.23% of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK last year."

Barnabas Fund accuses the British Government of discriminating against Christian refugees. The figures speak for themselves. A statement published by the NGO in November 2017 indicated that in 2015, out of 2,637 Syrian refugees accepted in the United Kingdom, only 43 were Christian and 13 were Yizidis, being the other Muslims of different faiths. The situation worsened the following year: in 2016, among the 7,499 Syrian refugees admitted, there were only 27 Christians and 5 Yazidis. These figures do not even correspond to the presence of each religious minority in the country of origin of these refugees. Before the war in Syria 10% of its population (about 2.3 million) was Christian and there were about 70,000 Yazidis.

The British Government has been hiding this information for a year and a half

To this brazen favoritism towards Muslim refugees, there is a policy of opacity on the part of the British Government. "For the last 18 months, Barnabas Fund has had to go to considerable lengths to obtain these figures in the face of what appeared to be a sustained attempt by Home Office officials to avoid their release", the NGO complains. "After prolonged delays, we finally had to take the extreme step of obtaining an order from the Information Commissioner’s Office threatening the Home Office with contempt of court proceedings in the High Court. Even subsequent to this action, the figures were only released just before the deadline, when we asked the immigration minister personally order their disclosure", Barnabas Fund adds.


(Main photo: Carole Al-Farah. A girl holds a candle during a preparatory mass before Christmas at the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church of Al-Zaytoun, in Damascus, Syria, on December 13, 2012)

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