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Turkey

#42

Christians can be deported from the country because of their faith.

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“We are faced with systematic pressure targeting Protestant churches.”

– Timur, Istanbul Protestant Church Foundation Chair

Country
Profile

Region
Middle East
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
84,515,000
Christian population
170,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Score
65
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Christians experience incredible pressure from increasing religious nationalism. The government continues to target Christians, even foreign believers, who are likely to be deported. All Christians have limited access to state employment and experience discrimination in private employment.

It’s not technically illegal for Muslims to convert to Christianity, but any Muslim who does decide to follow Jesus comes under immense strain from their families and communities.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

All Christians are under pressure in Turkey, but converts from Islam are certainly the most vulnerable, along with Christian refugees from countries like Iran, Iraq, and Syria. The persecution against converts from Islam is greatest in the rural areas of Turkey.

Christians in more historical Christian traditions—groups like the Armenian and Assyrian churches—face higher pressure and hostility in Turkey’s southeastern region.

PRAY FOR TURKEY

– Pray for Christians as they live, work, and worship in a place that doesn’t seem to want them.

– Pray that Christians would be able to work without facing discrimination.

– Ask God to strengthen the ministry of our local partners to vulnerable refugee communities.

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