Syria was 10% Christian before the war started, and the Christian communities have been targeted for persecution. The May government, however, has its obvious priorities. It must not do anything that might offend its Muslim constituency and lose its votes, after all.
“Just one in 400 Syrian refugees Christian despite ‘horrendous persecution,’” by Camilla Tominey, Express, June 24, 2018:
JUST one in 400 Syrian refugees given asylum in the UK last year were Christians despite them being subjected to “horrendous persecution”. A Freedom of Information request found just 11 of those admitted to Britain under the Government’s flagship Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) were Christian.
This is despite an estimated 10 per cent of the Syrian population being Christian at the start of the civil war.
The number of Christians granted asylum by Britain has slumped considerably since 2016, when 1.5 per cent were Christians.
Last year that percentage dropped to just 0.23 – amounting to 11 of the 4,832 Syrians who were resettled in the UK.
James Dobson, Senior Researcher at Bright Blue, which carried out the research, said: “Christians are being subjected to horrendous persecution in Syria.
“Yet, the figures revealed by Bright Blue today show the Government is failing to offer sufficient Syrian Christians safe harbour in Britain.
“Prior to the Syrian civil war, 10 per cent of Syrians were forecast to be Christian.
“To ensure fair, not special, treatment for Syrian Christians, the Government should commit to 10% of Syrian refugees admitted to the UK through the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme being Christian.”
Bright Blue, a liberal Conservative think tank, has previously called for the Government to ensure that at least 10% of the Syrian refugees that are taken in under the UK’s Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme are Christians….