Germany has been talking about taking thousands of Iraqi refugees since March — we posted on this here, here and here. But they want Christian refugees, and that presents a problem to the multiculturalists of Europe. Spiegel reports that
the CDU [Christian Democratic Union, the ruling party] envisions bringing a large group (possibly as many as 10,000) of non-Muslim refugees to Germany with the understanding that they would not be treated as asylum seekers. Asylum seekers are not allowed to work in Germany, and Steinbach said that it is unrealistic to think that Christian refugees from Iraq would ever be able to return. For this reason, their ultimate integration in Germany should be supported.
Members of Yazidis and Mandaean religious minorities would also be among those allowed in, according to the party’s proposal. The CDU argues that, in contrast to Muslim refugees from Iraq, religious persecution makes it unlikely that Christians, Yazidis and Mandaeans would ever by able to return.
Makes sense, right? The non-Muslims are in a different kind of situation from the Muslim refugees, so they should be treated differently. Not to the UN it doesn’t.
Whether the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR would agree to the CDU plan, however, is unclear. As a rule, the UNHCR is unwilling to divide up refugees for resettlement based on their religious beliefs. Deputy CDU floor leader Arnold Vaatz, though, said on Wednesday that he would like to see the UNHCR take the issue of possible return into consideration. Such a criterion could open the door for Germany to accept a group of refugees that was overwhelmingly non-Muslim.
I don’t really understand this last part — why taking return into consideration would allow Germany to accept Christians. What is clear, though, is that the German government will have to jump through hoops to take in Christian refugees. And it is also clear the UNHCR is insane. Sometimes I think just the word “Christian” makes European secularists lose their minds.
UPDATE: Here is a story from FrontPage Magazine that may show us why Germans prefer Christian Iraqi refugees. Even if they are culturally different from Germans, Iraqi Christians are not going to engage in honor killings!