|World Watch List Rank||29|
|World Watch List Score||67/100|
|Leader||Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani|
|Population||2,792,000 | 367,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||27|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
It is incredibly hard for Christians—particularly Muslim converts—to live out their faith in Qatar.
Foreign workers experience more freedom to worship. However, even for these Christians, evangelism to Muslims is strictly forbidden and can lead to deportation. And even though the government provides land for migrant Christians to build churches, churches are often monitored and kept to specific areas.
Muslims who convert to Christianity face much more significant persecution. They experience very high pressure from their Muslim families, especially since Qatari society embraces a conservative strain of Islam.
Both indigenous and migrant converts risk discrimination, harassment and police monitoring. Moreover, conversion from Islam to another faith is not officially recognized and is likely to lead to legal problems in personal status and property matters.
Qatar fell two spots on the World Watch List since last year’s list. However, persecution levels actually rose in the country, so Qatar’s rank is more an indicator of the general rise of persecution against Christians around the world. Violence against Christians in Qatar fell a bit—though it is usually low—but pressure from community, family, society and other non-violent sources actually increased. National life was the main place in daily life the pressure increased, and drove the main slight rise in score. It is still incredibly hard for Christians—particularly Muslim converts—to live out their faith in Qatar.
Open Doors supports the church in Qatar by raising prayer and awareness.