Many asylum seekers in Germany are claiming to have converted to Christianity in order to avoid deportation, according to a German police chief.
Braunschweiger Criminal Police chief Ulf Küche said that migrants are "tricking" the German government when they convert to Christianity so that they would not be deported.
Küche's statement came after a five-year-old child was killed in an asylum home last week. The suspect, who was later shot by the police, turned out to be an asylum seeker who converted to Christianity to avoid deportation after previously having committed arson.
"If the deportation of the offender has failed because he has changed his faith, then one has to put two and two together," the police chief said while asserting that migrants are using Christianity as a cover to avoid deportation from Germany.
"Muslim's aren't allowed to change their faith. A lot has to happen that Muslims would abandon their religion," he went on to say.
The evangelical regional bishop of Hannover, Ralf Meister, said that more needs to be done to ensure that the conversion of the migrants are legitimate and not just done to avoid being expelled from the country. "Abusive, frail baptisms can not be tolerated," he stated, according to Breitbart News.
"It is the task of state courts to take decisive action against this form of abuse," the bishop added, but did not propose any measures to identify abuses in the system.
Viktor Pfaff, co-founder of the pro-migrant charity Pro-Asyl, asserted that the case of the migrant who killed the 5-year-old child was "extreme" and cited the European human rights rules which state that no asylum seeker should be sent back to their homeland if they face possible persecution because of their religious beliefs.
Persecution watchdog group Open Doors and other organizations have noted that numerous Muslims have converted to Christianity at refugee camps across Europe, but many of the new converts are facing attacks and other hostilities at such camps.
In October, Open Doors published a report which indicated that at least 743 Christian refugees have been attacked at German camps at the time.
In neighboring Austria, adult baptisms have increased mainly because of numerous migrants who have converted from Islam to Christianity during the course of the migrant crisis.
Although many migrants wanted to go to Europe to convert to Christianity, some have admitted that they converted to increase their chances to be approved on their asylum claims.
One Syrian migrant named Ibrahim Ali stated that he knew migrants who are converting for asylum reasons.
"A lot of people are doing it to get to Europe, the U.S., and Canada. While I plan to stay in Lebanon, I know hundreds who been baptised just to help their applications. They would do anything to have security for their family," he said.