LONDON • People in China, Germany and Britain were ranked as the world's most welcoming to refugees in findings published by human rights organisation Amnesty International yesterday.
Residents of Russia, Indonesia and Thailand were considered the least welcoming out of those in 27 countries in the Refugees Welcome Index, which measured public levels of acceptance of refugees.
It ranked nations on a sliding scale of how willing citizens said they were to welcome refugees into their homes, neighbourhoods, cities, towns or villages, and countries.
Around the world, it found that 10 per cent would be prepared to take refugees into their homes.
"These figures speak for themselves," said Amnesty International secretary-general Salil Shetty .
"People are ready to make refugees welcome," he said, noting that governments' inhumane response to the crisis is "badly out of touch with the views of their own citizens".
The five-year-long conflict in Syria, which has claimed around 270,000 lives, has sparked a major refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as people flee the fighting.
Millions more people are displaced around the world each year by conflicts and disasters.
In China, which was ranked as the most welcoming country, 46 per cent of people said they would take refugees into their own home.
Those in Britain were the second most willing to do so at 29 per cent.
In Germany, 10 per cent said they would accept refugees into their homes, 56 per cent said refugees were welcome in their neighbourhood and 96 per cent said refugees were welcome in their country.
In Russia, where people were ranked as the least welcoming, 61 per cent said they would refuse refugees access to their country.
Mr Shetty said there was a "general feeling that the West has not delivered" in helping refugees.
"I would expect the Chinese population is sending a message, you know, we would welcome them," he told Agence France-Presse.
"Now, of course, this doesn't mean that China has taken many refugees, so it's time for the government to do something about it."
The survey of more than 27,000 people was conducted for Amnesty by strategy consultancy GlobeScan.