Refugees have been the burden of the Western world as millions of Muslims have fled violent Muslim lands in the Middle East and North Africa.
Transportation, food, rent, job training even significant accommodations for their religion have been provided.
Some Christians are among them and some from other religious minorities, but they haven’t been welcomed much, it appears.
In fact, according to political analyst Judith Bergman, when the United Nations recently recommended 1,358 Syrians for refugee resettlement in Britain, only four were Christian.
The U.K. decided to accept 1,112 of the total but none of the Christians, This decision was made despite the fact that approximately 10 percent of the pre-2011 population of Syria was Christian.
“There certainly does appear to be ‘a pattern of discrimination’ that has been ongoing since at least 2015,” Bergman wrote.
She cited Lord David Alton of Liverpool, who told the Home Secretary Sajid Javid in a letter that the rejection of Christian refugees “shows a pattern of discrimination that the government has a legal duty to take concrete steps to address.”
Bergman said the British government wants to give the impression it cares about persecuted Christians.
Prime Minister Theresa May said in Parliament on July 18 that as “a government we stand with persecuted Christians all over the world and will continue to support them.” She said a new special envoy will work with faith groups and governments worldwide to address persecution.
But Bergman said Britain “should not be so quick to preach to others, when it does not appear to be doing much at home to help Syrian Christians, who have been among the most persecuted for their faith since the civil war in Syria began seven years ago.”
“While the U.K. appears to favor Muslim refugees over Christian ones, the fault does not lie with the U.K. alone,” she said.
In Alton’s letter to the home secretary, he said there is “widespread belief, justified or not, among the religious minorities of Syria that the UNHCR is biased against them,” referring to the United National High Commissioner for Refugees.
“The U.K. has a legal obligation to ensure it does not turn a blind eye to either direct or indirect perceived discrimination by the U.N,” he wrote.
Bergman noted that Nina Shea of the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute asked the head of UNHCR at the time, António Guterres, to explain the “disproportionately low number of Syrian Christians resettled abroad by the U.N.”
His response was that Christians should not be resettled because they belong in the Middle East.
Bergman said the “apparent discrimination against Christians by the United Kingdom and the UNHCR is all the more disturbing in light of studies that find Christians to be the most persecuted faith in the world. “