With large waves of Middle East refugees making their way to Europe, various countries have made clear they are only willing to take in Christians fleeing the carnage and not Muslims.
Abandoning any sort of political correctness, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic have all come out against taking in Muslim refugees. On Monday, Cyprus announced it will allow 300 refugees to take refuge inside its borders, as long as they are Christian.
“We would seek for them to be Orthodox Christians,” explained Cyprus Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos on state radio. “It’s not an issue of being inhuman or not helping if we are called upon, but to be honest, yes, that’s what we would prefer.”
Hasikos, who is responsible for migration policy, added that Christian refugees would have an easier time adjusting to life in Cyprus compared to their Muslim counterparts.
His comments come amid rumored reports that the EU executive will issue a new set of national quotas under which EU member states must take in 160,000 asylum seekers.
At the end of August, Slovakia was the first European country to shockingly announce that Muslim immigrants and refugees would not be welcome inside its borders. Ivan Netik, an Interior Ministry Spokesman, said Muslims “would not feel at home” in his country.
In a followup interview with the BBC, Netik explained that Slovakia was not implementing a policy of discrimination, rather rules to preserve the country’s unity and identity. “We want to really help Europe with this migration wave but…we are only a transit country and the people don’t want to stay in Slovakia,” he said.
“We could take 800 Muslims but we don’t have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?” Netik asked.
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico warned that his country would not like to “wake up one day” and find Slovakia overrun by Muslims. “If a mechanism for automatic redistribution of migrants is adopted, then we will wake up one day and have 100,000 people from the Arab world and that is a problem I would not like Slovakia to have,” he stated.
Hungary, one of the largest opponents against taking in thousands of refugees fleeing Muslim countries, has expressed his concern for the changing demographic situation in Europe. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently warned that the addition of tens of thousands of Middle Eastern Muslims should greatly endanger Europe’s Christian cultural identity.
In a somewhat ironic twist, Arab media has come down hard on European countries not willing to take in Muslims, despite the closed door policies towards refugees and migrants of many Muslim countries.
Gulf States, despite their vast wealth, has made it a policy to refuse refugees from war zones. Saudi newspaper Sabq, criticized European countries, accusing them of allowing “children, women and Muslim families…to starve and drown on the grounds that they could not settle among the Europeans without mosques.” The newspaper went on to call the situation “a new human tragedy.”