Hungary is establishing a special government office to help Christians who face persecution, amid more criticism over its alleged mistreatment of mostly Muslim refugees seeking protection in Europe.

Officials say the new section of Hungary's ministry for human resources will seek to ease the plight of Christian communities threatened by radical Islamist groups in the Middle East, while also monitoring anti-Christian discrimination in Europe.

What the office can achieve remains unclear, however, as do the facts around government claims to have quietly given sanctuary to about 1,000 Coptic Christians from Egypt in the past two years.

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