Parliamentary Report Finds Inadequate Assessment of Religion-Based Asylum Claims

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: June 7, 2016

The All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief released a 35-page report in which it said the questions used to assess conversion asylum claims demonstrated a "lack of understanding and misperceptions of religion."

The report, entitled Fleeing Persecution: Asylum Claims in the UK on Religious Freedom Grounds, analyzed the methods used to measure claims of religious conversion, for example from Islam to Christianity. Those questions have been called "Bible trivia" and do not reflect the “inherently internal and personal nature of religion and belief.” It adds that there is a “lack of understanding and misperceptions of religion” among those making decisions on asylum applications. Link to the report here. Sources: Religion Clause and The Guardian