Slovakia says it will take in only Christian migrants from embattled Syria

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Slovakia to take in only Christian migrants

As Europe comes to grips with an extraordinary wave of migrants, majority is fleeing the fierce conflict in Syria.

According to CNN, Slovakia has announced that it will only take in Christian refugees. On Thursday, August 20, the Slovakian Interior Ministry spokesman Ivan Netik told CNN that Slovakia’s approach is not a result of religious discrimination.

“Instead, he said, “it stemmed from concern over whether the migrants would stay in Slovakia for the long term. Slovakia has only a tiny Muslim community and there are no mosques, making it hard for Muslims to integrate.

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“That’s the reason we want to mostly choose people who really want to start a new life in Slovakia. And Slovakia as a Christian country can really help Christians from Syria to find a new home in Slovakia.”

Metik told that, “We could take 800 Muslims, but we don’t have any mosques in Slovakia, so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?” He added that the Eastern European nation will accept 200 Christian migrants from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece, as Muslim migrants would not incorporate as easily into Slovakia’s mostly Christian population.