President Donald Trump's plan to give "priority" to Christian refugees from the Middle East has been met with harsh criticism around the world, but many countries share the same preference.

Trump said Christians will get priority for refugee status in the U.S. in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network set to air Sunday.

The Australian government expressed similar views when the refugee crisis broke out in 2015. Then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced 12,000 "women, children and families from persecuted minorities" would be admitted. Several ministers openly said Syrian Christians and Yazidis were in greater need of protection from the ongoing war.

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