The same Germany that took in over a million Muslim migrants in 2015 and ten thousand non-vetted Afghans in 2021 — all people who, by definition, could not be experiencing religious persecution back home as they themselves are Muslim — has refused asylum to a Muslim convert to Christianity, even though one of his relatives was tortured and murdered for the same “crime” of apostasy in his native Iran.
Going under the pseudonym of “Hassan” to protect his identity, the 44-year-old cabinetmaker applied for asylum in Germany in 2018. The authorities based their rejection of his testimony on their belief that no one would convert to Christianity if they knew what happens to converts in Iran. In this, they were referring to Hassan’s brother-in-law, who introduced Hassan to Christianity, and was later arrested and killed in prison for participating in a house church. German authorities concluded that it was “not particularly likely” that Hassan would become — certainly not remain — a Christian after such an event, as the persecution and murder would have a “deterrent effect” on any other would-be converts, namely Hassan.