Increasing numbers of Muslim refugees to Switzerland and Germany are converting to Christianity, according to reports from the region.
The reports come after it emerged that in Germany, more than 2,000 Muslims have turned to Christ since 2014.
In Switzerland, the churches are not keeping a tally but counsellors on the ground are reporting similar trends.
The number of Muslim refugees who are converting to Christianity has increased during the refugee crisis, according to Switzerland’s Counselling Centre for Integration and Religious Affairs.
Coordinator Kathrin Anliker told the Swiss edition of 20 Minutes: “In recent months we’ve been told mainly of Afghans and Kurds who have converted.”
She said it could be to do with the radical interpretation of Islam that prevails in their own country and a resulting disenchantment among the population, which is leading to a new openness to other world views.
“On the other hand, it may also be that some who can now be baptised in Switzerland, were already Christian in their home countries but kept it secret for fear of persecution.”
SOURCE: Ruth Gledhill