A record numbers of refugee applications are coming from recent converts to Christianity.
Conversions from Islam to Christianity are considered apostasy and in many Muslim countries, including Syria, are punishable by death.
In Iran, the death penalty is not officially prescribed but such punishment is still carried out for those who turn away from Islam.
So, it is no surprise that record numbers of refugee applications are coming from recent converts to Christianity.
Hoping to bolster their asylum applications in any way they can, the extreme risks associated with being Christian in countries such as Syria or Yemen can make a valid case for the need to flee.
This, however, raises the question whether the conversions are authentic or merely a ploy to bring their families out of desperate situations of poverty, violence and chaos.