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Austria grants refuge to 30 Iraqi Christians

ICC Note:

The government of Austria has granted asylum to thirty Christians fleeing persecution from Iraq. Many fear that nations opening their doors to the vulnerable minority may encourage more to flee and result in the near extinction of Christianity in Iraq.

2/17/2011 Iraq, Austria (AP) – Austria says it is granting asylum to 30 Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution in their homeland.

Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in the long run measures are needed to ensure that Iraq’s ancient Christian community continues to exist and has the possibility to practice its religion freely.

At least 68 people were killed in October when militants stormed a Baghdad church during Mass and took the congregation hostage. Other attacks have followed.

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