BRITAIN failed to accept a single Christian refugee in the first three months of 2018, it has been claimed.
The rejection of Christian applicants came to light following a freedom of information request by the Barnabas Fund – a charity that supports persecuted Christians.
Only Muslim refugee applicants from Syria, a the war-torn country were been accepted and resettled claimed Voice of Europe.
The charity had had to “go to considerable lengths to obtain these figures” in the face of what appeared to be a sustained attempt by Home Office officials to avoid their release.
The Home Office only providing the information after the charity took the “extreme step of obtaining an order from the Information Commissioner’s Office threatening the Home Office with contempt of court proceedings in the High Court”.
The statement continued: “It is widely accepted that Christians, who constituted around 10 per cent of Syria’s pre-war population, were specifically targeted by jihadi rebels and continue to be at risk.
“As last year’s statistics more than amply demonstrate, this is not a statistical blip. It shows a pattern of underrepresentation and significant prima facie evidence of discrimination that the government has a legal duty to take concrete steps to address.”
A half million Syrians have been killed and 6.1 million internally displaced since the vicious war began seven years ago.
The Home Office responded to the newly revealed figures: “The vulnerable person resettlement scheme prioritises the most vulnerable refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
“We are working with the UNHCR and other partners to reach groups that might be reluctant to register for the scheme for fear of discrimination and unaware of the options available to them.”