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Slovakia under fire for religious test for migrants

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Slovakia is under fire for its preference to grant asylum to migrants who are Christians.


   Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland says in a Thursday statement on Twitter: "Refusing refugees on the grounds of their religion is blatant discrimination," adding "Slovakia should reverse its position."


   Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland in June blocked a European Union plan for member countries to take set numbers of refugees arriving in Italy and Greece. The four said they were ready to help but only on a voluntary basis.


   Slovakia later announced it was ready to accept a hundred Christians from Syria and temporarily provide shelter for 500 migrants, also non-Christians, who have applied for asylum in Austria. Officials did not say whether the 500 could include non-Christians.

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