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Emigration, guest workers change the face of the Christian population in the Middle East

June 22, 2010

Every year thousands of Christian families leave their homes in the Islamic countries of the Middle East, seeking better prospects—including more religious freedom—elsewhere. At the same time, migrant workers from Asia, many of them Christians, are moving into the Middle East to take jobs in the oil-rich growing economies of countries like Saudi Arabia. Sando Magister of L’Espresso is surprised that the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Middle East pays scant attention to the changing composition of the region’s Christian population.


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