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Second Church Estates Commissioner writes to Home Secretary regarding Iraqi Christian facing deportation

14 August 2014

Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP
Home Secretary
Home Office

14 August 2014

Dear Theresa,

Iraqi Christians

I am writing in my capacity as Second Church Estates Commissioner.

It has been drawn to my attention that there are a number of Iraqi Christians who are being threatened with deportation in the near future.

I fully appreciate that in each and every application for refugee status, the Home Office and the Immigration Appeals Tribunal have to consider whether a particular individual meets the criteria under the convention of being a refugee.

However, circumstances in Iraq have clearly changed dramatically in the last week or so and may I suggest that it would be sensible if you for the foreseeable future applied to Iraqi Christians the policy which for a number of years was applied to refugee applicants from Zimbabwe which was that without prejudice to their refugee status whilst the situation in Zimbabwe was so unpredictable no refugee applicant from Zimbabwe was deported back to Zimbabwe.

I would suggest that given the present turmoil in Iraq and the clear and immediate threat to the welfare and lives to Christians in Iraq, it would be sensible for the Home Office to pursue a similar policy for the foreseeable future.

Yours sincerely,

Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry MP