Volunteering with refugees highly popular with the Swiss public
Integrating refugees is inconceivable without the substantial participation of numerous volunteers around Switzerland. For the first time, a representative study commissioned by HEKS/EPER reveals the dimensions and potential of voluntary work with refugees. Through the online platform for volunteers www.engagiert.jetzt, HEKS/EPER endeavours specifically to harness and coordinate this potential.
Two thirds of the Swiss population (64%) have sporadic or regular contact with refugees. By far, such contacts take place most frequently through the school or workplace (48%). The Swiss also make contact with refugees through their circle of friends (22%), their neighbourhood (21%) or leisure activities (17%).
Volunteering on behalf of refugees is extremely popular among the Swiss: 24 per cent, or every fourth person who has had contact with refugees has already done voluntary work on their behalf. Four per cent do so regularly. Thus, over 15 per cent of the Swiss people have already been active on behalf of refugees. Of the 42.7 per cent of the Swiss population who do voluntary work across all subject areas (sport, culture, politics, social work, etc.), more than a third have therefore been involved with refugee matters.