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Migrant Crisis in Europe

Migrant Crisis in Europe

February 05, 2014 | Alsbach-Hähnlein | Max Mustermann


Europe's refugee and migrant crisis has escalated over the summer, leaving the continent divided over how to deal with a flood of people led by Syrians fleeing war in their homeland.

The desperate migrants and asylum seekers now flooding into Europe by the tens of thousands, and the inability so far to accommodate them in an organized way, may be starting to fray Europe’s commitment to erase old borders. German and Austrian officials also increasing controls in their border region.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned that freedom of travel among the 28 member states of the European Union could be imperiled if they did not agree on a shared response. “If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for,” Ms. Merkel told reporters in Berlin.

The European migrant crisis is rising through the rising number of migrant arrivals – a combination of economic migrants and refugees – to the European Union across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.

The term has been used since April 2015, when at least five boats carrying almost two thousand migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people.

In 2014, EU member states received 132,405 requests from migrants. In total, 23,295 requests were accepted so these migrants will receive some form of protection from the EU (asylum, refugee status, subsidiary protection, protection because of humanitarian reasons), while 109,110 requests were rejected so these migrants will be required to leave the territory of the European Union.

The EUD Public Relations Departments stated: “Like millions of Europeans, the immigrant story is also our story. The European people are a welcoming and generous people. Europeans are, of course, right to demand better border security and better prevention from human trafficking. On the other hand, we do recognize the difficulty of managing this huge humanitarian crisis and promise, therefore, to pray for the competent authorities.

Today's immigrants seek to follow in the same tradition of immigration that has contributed to built Europe. We do ourselves and them a disservice if we do not recognize the contributions of these individuals.

Many of us believe that these people are doing what any of us would do if we had an opportunity for a better life for our families and children. They take the risk of coming here; many of them are extraordinarily impoverished and are claiming back their dignity as human beings.

In Matthew 25, 34-36 Jesus states: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

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