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Courts skeptical over asylum conversions

National News // July 17, 2017

Swiss courts are reacting skeptically to cases of asylum seekers who convert to Christianity in the hope it will strengthen their case to stay in the country.

Pixabay Courts skeptical over asylum conversions

More and more asylum seekers are taking bible courses and being baptized, according to the newspaper, the NZZ am Sonntag. But authorities are unconvinced the change in faith is genuine. Christians can claim to be vulnerable to persecution is sent back to countries like Iran or Afghanistan.

Such cases are determined by the Federal Administrative Court which hears about 30 cases a year. Only rarely is the change of religion accepted. 

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