EU - Migrant Deal Reached

Arno Froese

European Union leaders and top officials hailed a major breakthrough in talks on new rules to control migration, but critics said the reforms will weaken the rights of asylum-seekers and encourage more morally dubious deals with countries that people leave to get to Europe.

After overnight talks, visibly exhausted EU lawmakers emerged expressing relief that agreement was found “on the core political elements” of the Pact on Asylum and Migration—a major overhaul of rules that many hope will address the challenges posed by migrant arrivals over the last decade.

The pact was touted as the answer to the EU’s migration woes when it was made public in September 2020. The bloc’s old rules collapsed in 2015 after well over 1 million people arrived in Europe without authorization. Most were fleeing war in Syria or Iraq.

In recent years, as hope for reforms languished, the EU focused on outsourcing the challenge by offering economic, political and travel incentives to countries that people leave or transit to get to Europe.

-www.npr.org, 20 December 2023

Arno's Commentary

Europe considers itself the world’s freest, most prosperous, and most secure continent. Despite war raging between Ukraine and Russia, the rest of Europe is functioning in a normal manner.

What to do with refugees has always been a problem for all governments, whether right or left leaning. While after the First and Second World War refugees preferred America (North and South), the tables seem to have turned; Europe is now the preferred destination. 

According to WorldPopulationReview.com, the percentage of foreign-born residents from selected countries:

• Switzerland – 28.8%
• Austria – 19.3%
• Germany – 18.8%
• Belgium – 17.3%
• USA – 15.3%

When reading the Bible, we notice the clear instruction by Moses to the people of Israel, yet applicable to all: “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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