Refugee schemes employed by the UK and USA governments display a discriminatory attitude towards the Syrian Christian refugees.
According to details, new statistics revealed by US State Department that only since 2011, until now only 2% of Syrian refugees taken in by the US are Christian. In sharp contrast to this figure, more than 96% are Muslims. United Nations refugee camps play a pivotal role in United States’ refugee policy. The majority of refugees which are approved to be taken in the US and UK are referred by the UNHCR.
In the wake of this policy, so far only 53 Syrian Christians have been accepted by the US since 2011. While on the other hand, 2,216 were Muslims out of a total of 2,250 refugees allowed in US. Keeping the population statistics of Syria, where 87% are Muslims and 10% are Christians; the ratio of refugees allowed in the US does not justify the ratio of Syrian population.
In the same way to the US, the UK’s vulnerable refugee resettlement scheme works though the UNHCR camps and so the Christian refugees have to face a discriminatory attitude.
Being aware of the plight of Christians in Syria, Lord Carey-Former Archbishop of Canterbury wrote, “Mr Cameron’s policy inadvertently discriminates against the very Christian communities most victimised by the inhuman butchers of the so-called Islamic State.
Christians are not to be found in the UN camps, because they have been attacked and targeted by Islamists and driven from them. They are seeking refuge in private homes, church buildings and with neighbours and family.”
On the other hand, US President Obama while reacting to suggestions of taking in only Christian refugees and not Muslims “shameful” and “not American.” Deadly attacks in Paris have left many fearful about further intake of refugees from Syria. In this regard, several US state governors and senators and Republicans urged President Obama to reconsider his policy over Syrian refugees and suggested only Christians should be allowed in the US.