The International Christian Consulate supports Christian refugees in Greece, to provide safe house accommodation away from the threats and dangers of the camps. This is a particularly marginalised sub-group of the larger refugee population, with Christians being a minority group targeted by extremists in the camps. Visit our Research page for more details.
There are now many Christian refugees desperately in need of alternative accommodation and we are looking for partner churches, groups and organisations, who would be willing to commit for a minimum of six months, to sponsor one or two families.
Refugees arriving in Greece are often traumatised and disorientated. Added to this, Christian refugees also face threats, discrimination and intimidation in the camps and other refugee accommodation, making it difficult to see hope for the future. When asked in interview where they hope to go or what their plans are, a common response is simply: "I just want to live somewhere safe, where I am free to be a Christian".
The economic climate in Greece is not good, however there are opportunities and Christian refugees have much to offer this country, which has the protection of Christianity written into its constitution. The International Christian Consulate provides support in registration for tax and social security and schools where possible, to help families settle into Greek society and be legally able to find work. All refugees supported by the ICC are encouraged to take regular Greek classes to help them break the language barrier.
Through the support and encouragement given by the ICC and its network of partners, many have now successfully made the transition to being independent.
The International Christian Consulate is involved in inter-agency coordination efforts, and advocates for the rights and protections of Christians from and in the Middle East. Christianity in the Middle East is a minority religion, and persecution is widespread and increasing. When Christians flee the region and come into Europe, expecting Article 9 of the Human Rights Convention to be upheld, they are disappointed to find the same persecution in refugee accommodation as that from which they fled in their home country.
The International Christian Consulate speaks on behalf of these Christians in inter-agency meetings; in protection coordination efforts with UNHCR; and in the British and European Parliaments.
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