Muslims converting to Christianity ‘to avoid being deported’ Warns Church Of England

Church leaders confirmed a spike in the number of Muslims who wanted to convert to a new religion and said baptism can ‘significantly enhance’ an asylum seeker’s prospects of being given sanctuary.

The Very Rev Dr Peter Wilcox, Dean of Liverpool, said his cathedral had baptised about 200 refugees in the past four years.

He likened the situation to one where parents baptise their children to boost their chance of getting a place at a church school. He told the Sunday Times: ‘Mixed motives are not unheard of.