Poland, Czech Republic Join Slovakia=> Will Only Accept Christian Migrants From Syria
Poland and the Czech Republic joined Slovakia in accepting only Christian refugees from Syria.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are flooding into Europe this year.
** Germany will accept nearly 750,000 migrants this year.
As hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and poverty in Africa risk their lives to reach the safety of Europe, some eastern European states are embarking on a contentious strategy of selecting only Christian refugees for resettlement.
Poland agreed to accept 50 Christian families from Syria under an initiative led by a private organisation and agreed by the prime minister.
Slovakia has said it will take 200 refugees from the war-torn country, but only if they are devout churchgoers. The Czech Republic applied the same criteria to 70 families granted asylum this year.
“They [non-Christian refugees] can be a threat to Poland. I think it is a great way for Isis to locate their troops . . . all around Europe,” said Miriam Shaded, head of Estera, the Polish foundation that arranged the selection and immigration of Mr Saad’s and 49 other families into Poland.
“And if these people are not Isis representatives, [in Syria] their lives are not in danger, so then it is labour migration. If they are Muslim, they will not be killed because they are Muslims, because they believe in the same as Isis.”
The war in Syria, which began in 2011, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more, contributing to a surge in refugees that saw 110,000 enter Europe in July alone, the highest ever monthly total.