There are concerns of an exodus among Christians in northern Iraq if aid assistance dries up, a lawyer representing local church leaders has told Premier. Stephen Rasche, who represents the Chaldean archdiocese of Irbil, fears internally displaced Christians and other religious minorities will flee the country entirely. On a brief visit to London, the external legal counsel member is due at Parliament on Thursday when he will call on the UK government to commit £5 million towards the "perilous" situation. Speaking with Premier, Mr Rasche said: "The funding that we're looking for right now is emergency funding so that we can continue [helping] the medical, shelter, food and clothing needs. "The concern is that, if we're not able to adequately provide these things, they will leave."