Sunday, July 16, 2023

which countries have granted asylum to Ahmadis in recent years?

 Ahmadi Muslims have faced persecution and discrimination in Pakistan, which has led many to flee their homes and seek asylum in other countries. According to a briefing by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, around 6,000 Ahmadi Muslims have fled state-sponsored persecution in Pakistan and are in southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia, where many have obtained UNHCR refugee status

Ahmadi asylum seekers have also sought refuge in other countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom, the Home Office recognizes Ahmadis as refugees and has resettlement schemes in place
 In the United States, the Department of State has warned that some Pakistanis seeking asylum in the country have falsely claimed to be members of the Ahmadiyya Movement, so applicants seeking asylum should have proper documentation attesting to their membership in the Ahmadiyya Movement
 In Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on refugee claims, including those of Ahmadis
 In New Zealand, the Refugee Status Appeals Authority has considered cases involving Ahmadis seeking asylum
However, the situation for Ahmadi asylum seekers in other countries is not always secure. For example, in Malaysia, Ahmadi Muslims remain at risk and live in fear of deportation. A recent case highlights the real risk of refoulement, where one Ahmadi Muslim has been deported back to Pakistan, where he is now at serious risk of persecution
 In Germany, thousands of Ahmadi Muslims who have fled severe religious persecution in Pakistan are awaiting a decision on their asylum applications. They belong to a religiously and politically persecuted minority – the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. However, some Ahmadi asylum seekers in Germany have been deported back to Pakistan, putting their lives at risk
In conclusion, Ahmadi asylum seekers have sought refuge in various countries, including southeast Asian countries, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. However, the situation for Ahmadi asylum seekers in some countries is not always secure, and they remain at risk of deportation back to Pakistan, where they face persecution and discrimination. The international community has urged countries not to deport Ahmadi asylum seekers and to provide them with a safe home to settle and lead a peaceful and productive life.


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