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March 11, 2012

Egypt: 10,000 Christians applied for immigration after Islamist victory

March 11, 2012

March 11, 2012

10,000 Coptic Christians applied for immigration at various embassies in Egypt, following the Islamists' victory in the recent legislative elections, according to a report by Al-Rai newspaper. The report also quoted Christian sources that 100 thousand Christians have applied for immigration after Egypt's 25 January revolution.
There has been local and European attempts to halt an immigration wave of Egyptian Christians who constitute about 10% of Egypt's 81 million population. Alitalia banned dozens of Christians from taking a flight to Rome, following instructions from the Italian authorities, citing their intent to apply for asylum in Italy, according to the newspaper's report.

Christians have complained about rising Salafist/Islamist rhetoric against their faith, church, applying the Sharia Islamic laws and curbing the rights of women (imposing the Hijab on women).

(Salafists have occupied 20% of seats in Parliament, constituting a clear majority with the Moslem Brotherhood)


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