A meeting held at the European parliament on 31 May 2017 heard how refugees who are Christians face double danger. They flee harassment, violence and persecution in their own countries, then face harassment, violence and persecution in refugee shelters when they arrive in Europe. This is an issue that Barnabas Fund has raised repeatedly in the past. Among the meeting’s recommendations were a number that Barnabas Fund has campaigned for over the past year, including:
- Revising UNHCR vulnerability criteria to reflect the situation of individuals under pressure for their religion or belief.
- Tackling the issue of translators’ and interpreters’ mistranslating the claims of religious minorities.
- Documenting and countering the rise of violence during Ramadan, and more generally preventing the implementation of sharia within refugee shelters.
- Working together on reforming the asylum claim system: for example, guidelines for conversion assessment in asylum claims.
- Conducting a thorough Europe-wide research on cases of harassment/persecution of religious minorities in camps