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Barnabas Update – October 1st 2018

Home Office stance on Syrian Christian refugees

Barnabas Fund, 25 September 2018

The Home Office may be responding to calls to recognise the plight of Syrian Christian refugees.

After a Barnabas Fund Freedom of Information request, the Home Office revealed that in the second quarter of 2018, ten Syrian Christians were resettled in the UK, an improving situation compared to last year, when only eleven Syrian Christians were resettled for the whole of 2017.

In the first quarter of 2018, the UN recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK – only four were Christians.  The Home Office refused all the Christians.

Christians constituted around 10% of Syria’s pre-war population and have been singled out for attack by jihadist rebel groups. Christians still make up less than 1% of the Syrian nationals resettled in the UK to date.