UK - Changing Views on Immigration

Arno Froese

Where once immigration was seen as the biggest problem for the UK, a negative force on national life, now it barely registers on the list of voter concerns, with polls suggesting increasing numbers believe it has had a positive impact on Britain.

For Emilia Koziol-Wisniewski, one of the first Polish workers to come to the UK after EU expansion 15 years ago, the 2016 referendum result was a low point.

“After the referendum, I was crying for days because we moved here to make our life here. Our home is here,” Emilia told me.

Emilia started a successful Polish food business with a factory in the small Herefordshire village of Marden.

But there are increasing signs of another, more positive, point of view on immigration in Marden.

“On the one hand, after the referendum, we had people who would be nasty in their comments.

“And then we would have people who would come to us and say, ‘It’s not in my name. I do apologize on behalf of my nation. I welcome you here,’” says Emilia Koziol-Wisniewski, one of the first Polish workers to come to the UK after EU expansion 15 years ago.

Parish clerk Alison Sutton says the village has many residents originally from other countries “who live harmoniously in a large rural parish.”

[A] strawberry farm has invited a local English language teacher, Hugh Morris, to help migrant workers integrate into the British way of life.

“I sense there’s a tilting point where we’ve actually become more accepting,” Hugh suggests.

“We’re assimilating Eastern European workers into the community and it’s important that this continues. In the beginning there was a lot of hostility but now that’s died away.”

“We feel that it is really important that we keep that friendship and the link going because we’re living in uncertain times when nobody knows what’s going to happen down the line,” Mayor Kath Hey says. “The little bits we can do within the city are fostering that real sense of community.”, 10 June 2019

Arno's commentary

With the implementation of Brexit, the future of open borders for European Union citizens is an often asked but rarely answered question. The fact that the UK will be on the losing side is not an issue. Brexit is a stumbling stone for globalism. Yet, based on prophetic Scripture, we know that globalism will have the upper hand. Those who do not comply will be left behind.

How do we know that globalism will dominate planet earth? Revelation 13:3b: “…and all the world wondered after the beast.” In the spiritual realm, we read of diabolical powers such as the “ten kings.” And Revelation 17:13 states: “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”

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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