UN - Sixty-five Million Displaced Worldwide

Arno Froese

Conflict and persecution drove up the number of globally displaced persons to a record 65.5 million last year, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported.

The figures, which are released annually ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20, showed that more than 10 million of the world’s displaced people were uprooted from their homes in the past year alone. Some 3.5 million displaced people crossed international borders for the first time to become refugees. “This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds—less than the time it takes to read this sentence,” the UNHCR said in a statement.

This is “the highest figure since we started recording them,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi told reporters, pointing out that it was larger than the population of Britain.

Syria and Afghanistan remain the biggest sources of refugees, with 5.5 million and 2.5 million nationals from the two countries displaced respectively. The crises in the Middle East have garnered the most global attention, namely because the masses of people who have fled the region in past years have tried to seek refuge in Europe.

-www.dw.com/en, 19 June 2017

Arno's commentary

There are multiple reasons for the flood of refugees worldwide. War is obviously the main contributor, and will continue indefinitely. However, when we view it from an international perspective, we note that the so-called European world (the West) is relatively at ease, and war among those nations is virtually out of the question. The hotspots now are the Middle East, parts of Africa, and isolated places in Asia. But that too will come to an end, because the false prince of peace must be successful, so that the whole world will cry out: “Peace, peace,” while in reality real peace will only come when the real Prince of Peace comes.

In the meantime, the slew of refugees will contribute toward a better understanding of foreigners, of whom most will return to their countries of origin when conflicts are settled. Thus, the refugees will cause more internationalization among the people of the world.

For the Church, particularly in Europe, it presents an opportunity to present the truth of the Gospel to the multitudes. From reliable sources, we hear that great numbers are being led to Christ and demonstrating it by public baptism. That is reason for the true Church to rejoice, because it speeds up the numbers leading to the fullness of the Gentiles, or the completion of the spiritual temple. That will lead to the Rapture of all believers into the presence of the Lord.

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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