According to data obtained through Australia’s freedom of information law, the country is favoring Christian refugees over Muslim refugees.
The country reportedly took in 18,563 refugees from Syria and Iraq from July 1, 2015 through January 6, 2017, and 78 percent of these refugees identified as Christian. Christian Today reports that this number seems disproportional when one considers the respective populations of Christians and Muslims in those countries.
The Australian government has not denied this favoritism and has stated that it is due to the fact that Christians face more severe persecution in their home countries.
“Australia's conservative coalition government has never denied that religion is an important factor in choosing who will be admitted from Syria and Iraq,” says the report. “The favoritism is justified by the claim that Christians are more at risk from the Islamic State and other groups that engage in indiscriminate murder.”
Although politicians in the U.S. and the U.K., including President Trump, have expressed support for this view, others disagree that Christians face the most persecution.
Elaine Pearson from Human Rights Watch stated, "Christians from conflict zones in Syria and Iraq aren't persecuted more than others... Muslims have overwhelmingly borne the brunt of most of the atrocities by ISIS and by the Assad regime.”
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Publication date: May 4, 2017