According to the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, an estimated 7 to 9 million Syrians have left their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011. Many of those refugees have fled to neighboring nations like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Last year the Canadian government committed to relocate up to 1,300 refugees from the embattled nation.
In a recent interview with Mission Network News E3 Partners Middle East expert Tom Doyle discussed the large influx of Syrian refugees into the surrounding nations.
“Prices are being driven which is causing an economic burden to the countries,” Doyle said during a trip to the Middle East. “It’s driving up crime.”
In spite of the crisis, Doyle maintains there are encouraging reports of non-believers coming to faith.
“Despite some of the saddest things that you would ever imagine with this brutal, terrible war… Jesus is breaking through and setting people free,” Doyle said.
Millions fled the war torn nation with only the clothes on their back. Many who once lived with a middle class lifestyle now have nothing.
“Once they’ve left the country of Syria and don’t feel like they are being spied on incessantly by the secret police there is much more freedom to consider the claims of Christ and who this Jesus really is.”
Away from the Islamic nation, Doyle says the refugees are being served by mostly Christians and able to see the Christian faith demonstrated.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported in February more than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria's civil war.