On February 13, a small procession of about two hundred Christian Iraqi refugees staged a symbolic demonstration outside the local UN headquarters in downtown Beirut to demand their requests to travel to other countries, filed some time ago in the competent offices of several foreign diplomatic representations operating in the Lebanese capital.
The posters displayed by the protesters, and the statements made by some
of them to the local press, confirm the impression that most of the
exiled Christian refugees from Iraq have no intention of returning to
their Country, and do not even intend to take root in Lebanon but are
hoping to emigrate as soon as possible towards some Western nation.
According to data provided by the local Chaldean community, difficult to
verify, about 8 thousand Iraqi Christians emigrated to Lebanon,
especially after the conquest of Mosul and Nineveh Plain by the jihadist
Islamic State (Daesh).
US President Donald Trump, who began a tug of war with some US judges to
impose provisions designed to limit or suspend immigration from certain
countries with a Muslim majority, has instead recognized as a
"priority" the granting of refugee legal status to the category of
The idea of preparing a "fast track" open for
Christian refugees entering the United States, while doors are closed to
non-Christian citizens from Countries with an Islamic majority, "has
been defined by Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako I a "Trap" for
Christians in the Middle East.
country policy that discriminates against the persecuted and those who
suffer on religious grounds", explains Patriarch Louis Raphael, Primate
of the Eastern Catholic Church, to which the vast majority of Iraqi
Christians belong", ultimately harms the Christians of the East, because
among other things provides arguments to all propaganda and prejudice
that attack the native community of the Middle East as 'foreign bodies',
groups supported and defended by Western powers".