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A Christian charity is pressuring the Greek government to change a policy that is preventing homeless Christian refugees who fled persecution, bullying and threats inside the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos from being able to apply for asylum and gain help via the United Nations.
The London-based British Pakistani Christian Association recently wrote to the U.N. and Greek authorities on behalf of Pakistani Christian refugees who fled from Lesbos Island’s famous Moria asylum camp due to the level of persecution they experienced at the hands of Muslims inside the camp.
BPCA President Wilson Chowdhry told The Christian Post Monday that he has been told Greek authorities have put in place a “geographical restriction” that is effectively blocking asylum seekers who escaped persecution at one of the refugee camps on the Greek islands from being able to apply for asylum with the Greek authorities on the mainland without having to return to the very camp they were persecuted in.
Chowdhry explained that the only exception to that rule is if an asylum seeker has a severe health condition that qualifies as a mitigating factor to allow his or her asylum application to be assessed on the Greek mainland. Chowdhry said the policy is designed to make it easier to track asylum-seeking refugees.
He called on Greece’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom Dimitris Caramitsos for help in seeking a change to the policy.
A Christian charity is pressuring the Greek government to change a policy that is preventing homeless Christian refugees who fled persecution, bullying and threats inside Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos from being able to apply for asylum with the United Nations.