In a letter published in today’s Times newspaper, Barnabas Aid corrected a journalist’s claim that it was actually easier for Iraqi Christians to obtain refugee resettlement in Canada and Europe than for other Iraqis. The letter pointed out that, in fact, almost the exact opposite is true. Christians are fleeing Iraq in vastly greater proportions than the population as a whole, but are significantly underrepresented in the number of Iraqi refugees resettled in the West.
Although Barnabas Aid sought to persuade many Western governments to take Iraqi and Syrian Christians fleeing genocide as part of our Operation Safe Havens programme, the only country to have taken large numbers of Syrian or Iraqi Christians is Australia, which has taken the majority of the 1,798 resettled so far through the programme. The only European countries to accept any were Poland (160) and the Czech Republic (81), with Canada accepting four and Brazil three.
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