While many fail to convince judges that their conversion is genuine, their appeals significantly delay their deportation, according to findings by The Times.
Since the beginning of 2023, 28 cases have been heard at the Upper Tribunal where the claimant cites conversion to Christianity as a reason against their deportation.
Of those, seven appeals were approved, 13 were dismissed and the judge ordered a new hearing in eight cases.
One migrant admitted that he mistakenly attended a synagogue for more than a month, believing it to be a church.
Abdul Ezedi converted to Christianity before having his asylum claim approvedMetropolitan Police
One tribunal judge doubted that a claimant was “attracted to Christianity because it fulfilled a deep spiritual need”, as they had said that “being a Christian is freedom and you can drink alcohol and be with girls”.
The findings come after the revelation that Abdul Ezedi, who is suspected of attacking a 31-year-old mother and her two children with a “corrosive alkaline substance”, was granted asylum in the UK after claiming he had converted to Christianity.