Embrace survey finds vast majority of UK Christians 'ready and willing' to help refugees.

More than four in five churchgoers would personally help Syrian refugees this Christmas, if presented with a practical way to do so.

And two in three believe the British government has not yet done enough to support work with Syrian refugees in Europe and the Middle East.

These are some of the key findings in a survey of UK Christian views on the migrant and refugee crisis carried out this month for Embrace.

While almost nine in ten have taken or signify a desire to take some kind of action, to date only one in four (28%) have donated to an emergency appeal for refugees. In addition, almost one in three (31%) would be willing personally to house a refugee or refugee family for up to a year.

Patrons, the Bishop of Southwark Christopher Chessun - See more at: http://www.embraceme.org/news/embrace-patron-house-lords-israel-palestin...

'These statistics reveal hundreds of thousands of Christians ready and willing to be part of the solution to the biggest refugee crisis since 1945,' said Jeremy Moodey, CEO of Embrace. 'The challenge facing both the government and the church is to show practical ways they can do so.

‘Christians recognise the need to deal with this terrible refugee crisis both on their doorsteps and at source,’ said Jeremy. ‘They want to respond to the desperate needs of those arriving in Europe, but also to help the millions of displaced people still left in the Middle East, to give them hope for a future. That is why we have received such a positive response to our refugee focussed Alternative Gifts this Christmas.’

Embrace Patron, the Bishop of Southwark Christopher Chessun adds: 'As we spend Christmas in the warmth, surrounded by friends and family, it is good to remember the dispossessed people of the world who will be isolated and cold. Purchasing Embrace's Alternative gifts are a practical way of showing care and concern for those who are in desperate need and of encouraging others to do so too.'

The survey, conducted online and eliciting almost 1055 responses from a representative sample of UK Christians, was carried out for us by Christian Research.

 

 

See our range of Alternative Gifts that directly benefit Syrian refugees.