Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens have either arrived in Europe in recent months, or will do soon.
There are daily reports of migrants dying in great numbers. Just today, 71 deaths were reported after an abandoned truck was forced open in Austria. This number included four children. It is thought they all suffocated. It is also thought they came from Syria. Also today, 200 are feared dead after their boats capsized off the coast of Libya.
There has always been a trade in human beings. The end-time economic system called Babylon, prophesied in Revelation 18, lists the trade in the “bodies and souls of men” as one of the thriving businesses (v.13) that make up the final economic system. One aspect of this trade is the millions that are being made from “helping” people escape war-zones and get into Western Europe illegally. There are plenty of people willing to cash in, trading in human misery.
Under international agreements on refugees, people fleeing dangerous situations should go to the nearest country where they can seek help. Instead, they are routinely going through a number of countries to reach the wealthy, welfare-generous nations of Western Europe.
Not all these arrivals are fleeing from war and upheaval. Many interviewed on TV news programs are coming from democratic nations that have a free enterprise system. There is no reason for them to migrate, except the desire to better themselves, by taking advantage of all the freebies available in their new country.
However, some are fleeing from war. Their lives are at risk.
Although the US is not directly affected by this migrant surge, the wars can be blamed on America. The refugees are escaping from the continuing carnage in Iraq and Syria, with lesser numbers from Afghanistan and Somalia. All four of these countries are Islamic – there are plenty of Islamic countries they could migrate to, but instead they want to go to Europe or Australia.
The naïve assumption that American style democracy could be introduced into Islamic countries divided by religious hatreds that go back centuries and with no tradition of tolerance or freedom has bequeathed today’s migrant disaster upon the European continent.
But, naïveté is not restricted to America. Many Europeans seem to think they can take in all these refugees and assimilate them into their irreligious social democracies. This is not going to happen.
What is more likely is that the post-World War II social order in Europe will start to unravel. Xenophobic right-wing parties are gaining strength with the new arrivals. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was booed when she went to speak at an arrival center for migrants, a center that was earlier burnt down by extremists opposed to their arrival.
European governments seem incapable of handling this crisis, due to the sclerotic administrative structures that comprise the European Union. Added to which are human rights laws that make it almost impossible to turn anyone away.
But people are starting to demand change. Anti-immigrant parties are seeing increased support. The Sweden Democrats are now the largest party in Sweden, the country that has been the most generous in taking in Syrian migrants. UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, won over 13% of the vote in the recent British election. France’s National Front is expected to do well in the next French election.
It should be noted that Donald Trump is capitalizing on similar anti-immigrant feeling in the US. People in many western countries feel their way of life and culture are threatened with so many migrants.
When Jesus Christ said of the end-time that “nation will rise against nation” (Matthew 24:7), He was predicting increased ethnic conflict. The Greek word for “nation” is ethnos, a reference to ethnic groups rather than political entities.
The primary causes of migration are ethnic and religious conflict; in turn, the migrants are bringing ethnic and religious tensions into their new countries.