Preparing a conversion based asylum claim
People who have converted from Islam or another religion to the Christian faith can be faced with serious religious persecution in their country of origin. This can be a reason for a conversion based asylum claim.
In this regard, the church can fulfil a positive role:
- A careful baptism policy contributes to confidence from the Immigration and Nationalisation Service IND.
- The church can support a conversion based asylum claim by a statement. Please note that the statement must be substantively strong. Merely saying that the church is convinced of the conversion will not convince the IND. A statement will gain value when you describe the fruits of faith that you observe.
- When a new asylum application is being prepared, please take ample time to do so.
- Vluchtelingenpastoraat Nijmegen (‘Refugee Ministry Nijmegen’) has developed a so called ‘buddy plan’ that can help a convert preparing his a new asylum application.
- Please note: Is someone interested in the Christian faith but not (yet) thinking of a conversion? If he is still involved in a current asylum procedure, he should report this interest to the IND. It is very important to advise him and his lawyer about this. If he does not report this to the IND, it will be in his disadvantage if will file a new conversion based asylum claim later on. This seems very strange (and we think that it is) but the Raad van State (Council of State) has decided so.
(In Dutch only)
The document ‘advies voor kerken bij procedures christenasielzoekers’ contains a more comprehensive advice.
Gave has also published a brochure entitled ‘In goede aarde’. This brochure provides advice for the process towards baptism and for the follow-up support after baptism. It provides information about the role a conversion can play in an asylum procedure also.
As yet, these documents are in Dutch only. You can freely download these when you have registered as user of this website and are logged in. You can do this on the bibliotheekpagina (‘library page’).