Christian migrants in German asylum homes have reportedly been persecuted by their Muslim counterparts, but a local pastor says that believers are still hounded by the same experience out in the streets and in metro stations.
Berlin-based pastor Gottfried Martens noted that Christians in asylum homes have lived relatively safer lives in the last year. However, many believers --- especially the converts from Islam --- were still persecuted even though they already stayed in private homes, Breitbart relayed.
"Many who were in refugee shelters a year ago now have private homes," Pastor Martens claimed.
However, Christians have been the target of several violent attacks across Germany, with some of these incidents taking place on the streets or in metro stations.
Among the reported incidents were the deadly stabbing of an Afghan woman in Prien am Chiemsee and the beating of a young Afghan male convert in Berlin in September.
According to Ado Greve of Christian charity Open Doors, Christians who were attacked usually lay low and do not want to draw attention to themselves. Some of them were also convinced that the authorities were not doing enough to help them.
Meanwhile, a study by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) that was released last month showed that the number of migrants who were entitled to join their family members who have been granted asylum in Germany was much smaller than the government's original estimate. By the end of the year, between 150,000 and 180,000 family members of migrants who were given full refugee status or a subsidiary protection would be given the chance to come to Germany, Reuters reported.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere previously said that one person abroad would be allowed to come to Germany for every refugee. In the last two years, more than a million migrants have sought asylum in the European country, and IAB said that only 600,000 of them would likely be permitted to stay by the end of 2017.