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Morocco: Christianity

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of persons with connections to the Christian community in Morocco; and whether any UK citizens have been (a) deported and (b) threatened with deportation from Morocco in the last six months. (322045)

Our ambassador in Rabat was informed on the evening of 8 March that 12 British citizens were about to be, or had been, expelled from Morocco.

Ten of these British citizens were accused of trying to convert Moroccan children living at the Village of Hope, a Christian run home for abandoned children, to Christianity. Two other individuals were also expelled, separately to those from the Village of Hope.

In the last six months five other UK citizens have been deported from Morocco. These cases were linked to immigration matters not proselytising. We are not aware of any UK citizens that have been threatened with deportation.