The refugee crisis is not slowing, and is certain to increase over the next few years. Millions of refugees are moving toward Europe in hopes of a better life. This is creating enormous stress in European capitals.
The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes has never been so dire, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR, the outcome is that a nation of displaced people is roughly equal to the population of the United Kingdom (63 million people).
There are more refugees in the world today than ever previously recorded — and more than half are children. Put another way, one in every 122 people worldwide is a refugee.
Most of these refugees are concentrated in the Middle East and in particular in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS’s advance and the Syrian civil war have driven many people from their homes. A third of the world’s refugees come from those two nations alone. More than 10 million Syrians, or 46 percent of the Syrian population, had been displaced.
European Union leaders are still squabbling with one another over how to split up the one million asylum seekers across their 28 member states. Citizens across Europe are angry that their governments are opening their doors to thousands of Muslims. Even Angela Merkel of Germany has had to change her generous position on the issue. As leader of Germany, Merkel has performed an abrupt U-turn on her open-door policy towards people fleeing Syria’s civil war, with Berlin announcing that the hundreds of thousands of Syrians entering Germany would not be granted asylum or refugee status. Syrians would still be allowed to enter Germany, but only for one year and with “subsidiary protection” which limits their rights as refugees. Family members would not be allowed to join them.
Because so many Europeans fear this refugee “invasion”, what we are seeing in many European countries is the ascension of right wing parties in Europe that cater to that fear.
Islam is pushing into Europe. This will eventually lead to further tensions between the Arab world and Europe. We will see conflict in the future—Europe and the Arab world are bound to cross swords again. An end time prophecy found in Daniel 11(verse 40-42), describes a King of the South who will provoke a King of the North. The prophet Daniel described the rise this southern Islamic power that will push (fight) against this European (northern) power. Notice: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He [the king of the North] shall also enter the Glorious Land [or the Holy Land], and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. The provocation of this King of the South motivates the soon coming European dictator to move troops into the Middle East—war will ensue.