In Germany the Muslims are helping the refugees more often than Christians. These are the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the non-governmental Fund of Bertelsmann, The Local reports Monday, March 27.
According to the study, 44 percent of Muslims had a different kind of support to migrants. Among Christians, aid to the asylum-seekers were offered only 21% among atheists — 17 percent.
“Voluntary participation in charity shows that our society remains cohesive during hard times,” said Fund expert Yasemin El-Menouar (Yasemin El-Menouar).
Researchers have identified several reasons why the Muslims show more compassion towards refugees than other religions. The main of them — a shared cultural heritage. The most interested part came from the same States as current asylum seekers — Afghanistan, Pakistan or Bangladesh. According to representatives of Fund, volunteers from among the Muslims talk to refugees the same language, understand their religion and culture. Thus arrived is easier to integrate into German society.
The survey also showed the difference between the Western and Eastern parts of Germany. About 22 percent of the population in the West of the country said that helping the refugees. In the East of Germany on the provision of support to asylum seekers, said only 14 percent of respondents.