Lord Carey of Clifton said: “In the run-up to Easter, British taxpayers will be appalled by this institutional bias against Christians by politically correct officials.
“In this, the British government is not just breaking its manifesto pledge to look after Christian refugees, it also appears to be breaking the law.”
Carey is adament that Christian refugees have been discriminated against
A group of peers have united to announce their outrage that UNHCR camps are often run by local officials who are “hostile to minorities”, meaning Christians avoid them and do not qualify for resettlement.
Carey continued: “Some 75 per cent of indigenous Iraqi Christians have been forced to leave their homes since 2003, along with 45 per cent of Syrian Christians.
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Christians made up nearly ten per cent of Syria’s population before the civil war started in 2011
“Christians made up nearly ten per cent of Syria’s population before the civil war started in 2011.
“But Home Office figures show that last year they received less than two per cent of asylum places provided by Britain under its vulnerable persons scheme (51 out of 2,659).”
The Syrian conflict and persecution from Islamic extremists has caused many of the country’s Christians to flee.
The former archbishop added: “The real driver here appears to be a phobia about any perceived anti-Muslim bias. Let me help them.
The Syrian conflict, which shows no signs of ending, has displaced thousands of people
“Muslim victims of the Middle East’s conflicts deserve the same compassion as minority victims, but at the moment they receive greater support than those targeted by Muslim extremists.”
Lord Carey, in a Telegraph article, pointed to the Tory 2015 election manifesto that claimed, if elected, it would be “supporting persecuted Christians in the Middle East”.
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The peer claimed camp officials were hostile to minorities
Lord Anderson of Swansea, the Labour peer, said: “The evidence is clear, Christian minorities are being chased out of the Middle East, the birthplace of the Christian faith, and the British Government in its aid policies is not responding adequately to this crisis.”
A Government spokesman said: “UK aid is provided in line with humanitarian principles, so whoever needs our help the most gets it first, regardless of race, gender or religion.”