The Australian Christian Lobby today welcomed the Turnbull Government’s decision to allow 22 Coptic Christian families to stay in Australia and have their refugee claims reviewed.

The families were facing deportation but in the light of last week’s latest Islamic State massacre of Christians in Egypt, they have been allowed to stay.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton thanked Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, and Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who made the announcement yesterday.

Mr Shelton also thanked Labor’s Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shayne Neumann, for his advocacy. 

“It is great to see bi-partisanship when it comes to the persecution of Christians. Christians remain the most persecuted religion in the world and have suffered what many nations have labelled a genocide in Iraq and Syria at the hands of Islamic State.”

ACL last week joined calls for the Coptic families to be protected in Australia.