EUROPE - Hypocritical Stance Toward Africa

Arno Froese

Migrants flock to the gates of Europe; reception centers are overwhelmed. The right screams invasion; the left is split. European capitals shift responsibility to each other and then everyone moves on—until the next ‘crisis.’ In Europe, the scene is familiar. But what about the view from Africa?

When journalists and politicians deign to mention the countries people come from, it’s only to distinguish between ‘refugees,’ who have left a war-torn land and deserve some degree of sympathy, and ‘migrants,’ whose economic motives disqualify them from hospitality. ‘If people are ineligible for asylum, which is the case for the nationalities we are seeing at the moment, such as Ivorians, Gambians, Senegalese, Tunisians ... they must, of course, be sent back to their countries,’ French interior minister Gérald Darmanin told TF1 when 8,000 new arrivals landed in Lampedusa.

The media often frame the reasons that drive people to leave Senegal in such vague terms as to render them meaningless: ‘escaping poverty,’ ‘seeking a better future.’ In Senegal, these words refer to a tangible reality. Of fishing treaties that allow Europeans and Chinese to scour the oceans with trawlers that in a single trip can harvest as much as a local boat will take in a year. Of land grabbing, with a queue of foreign investors evicting farmers to promote cash crops at the expense of subsistence crops, peanuts instead of sorghum and millet. 

Seen from Africa, what distinguishes European policies is their hypocrisy. Alongside the martial language, agreements and conventions, there are information offices which facilitate the emigration of workers to fill the gap left by Europe’s labor shortage and ageing population. France brings in Senegalese doctors; Italy is appealing for Algerian and Ivorian construction workers; Spain’s agriculture and tourism industries rely on Moroccan seasonal workers. Germany recently announced it would open five recruitment centers for highly skilled workers, in Ghana, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Nigeria. As sociologist Aly Tandian says, these countries of origin serve as the ‘incubators where [future] experts are born, educated and trained before leaving for other destinations.’, October 2023

Arno's Commentary

This article highlights a great controversy: the need for African immigrants to replace an aging workforce in Europe, and Europe’s self-serving treaties with African nations.

One must keep in mind that Europeans subjected the entire world to colonial rules. Of the 54 sovereign states in Africa today, virtually all were subjected to the laws, restrictions, and force of European nations. While Europe has virtually exhausted its natural resources, there are grand and attractive possibilities in Africa. Benoît Bréville’s rightly titled article, “Europe’s deadly hypocrisy,” points to Europe’s selfishness and right to selectiveness when it comes to immigrants.

Prophetically speaking, we call attention to the end-time global power structure. That Europe is the prime powerhouse is not in question; but quite obviously, there has to be more give than take in order to develop normal relations with most African countries. 

Doubtless, negotiations will continue, and to a certain degree, unity will prevail. Europe needs Africa as much as Africa needs Europe. Thus, the removal of more borders will create opportunities for a closer relationship between these two continents. Almost like the famous mantra of capitalism, supply and demand determine the price.

We insist, world unity will and must come. Why? Because the true global unity—namely, the millennial kingdom under Jesus Christ the Lord—is a prophetic fact. The god of this world—whose aim is to present himself as the messiah of the world—must imitate this coming global unity.

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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