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German Christian leaders renew call for openness to migrants

May 19, 2016

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, has joined with German Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox leaders in urging Germany to be open to migrants.

In a joint statement, the Christian leaders expressed alarm at the “radicalization and brutalization of speech and thought” against migrants and called for respect for the legal right of asylum seekers to an impartial hearing.

Migrants, they added, should be met “with openness, with the spirit of love of neighbor.”

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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - May. 20, 2016 11:33 AM ET USA

    How can we know for sure if all migrants are welcomed "with openness, with the spirit of love of neighbor" and given fair and impartial procedure unless unless relevant statistics are recorded and made available about them? Are there any publicly available stats on the number of minorities given asylum? According to Wikipedia, in 2015 EU member states received over 1.2 million first time asylum applications. How many of those people are Christian, Druze, Jewish and Yazidi?