In December already more than 1 million refugees entered Europe. Some 4.1 million Syrians have now fled their homeland, according to the United Nations, victims of more than four years of civil war in their homeland. This is the latest war to redistribute people from ravaged countries.
After the two world wars the United Nations responded with the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol which clarified the rights of refugees and the obligations of the 148 members that became party to one or both of these instruments.These obligations have greatly burdened these countries in the current Syrian refugee crisis.
According to the United Nations, those countries in Europe absorbing refugees include:
- Turkey, which shares a border with Syria, has taken in almost half.
- Lebanon has taken in over a million, increasing its population by 25 percent.
- Jordan has taken in 629,000, with about 20 percent living in camps.
- Iraq has taken in 249,000 despite attacks by ISIS, which has captured portions of the country.
- Egypt has taken in 132,000. Billionaire Naguib Swiris has offered to buy an island from Greece or
Italy as a new home for these refugees.
Besides the refugees entering these countries, Europe has received nearly 250,000 asylum requests, many of which will not be processed for several years. The sheer number of migrants seeking refuge to Europe is so overwhelming and stretching the capacities of these countries that British lawmaker Nigel Farage of the Independence Party has labeled it a problem of “biblical proportions.”
Israeli and Syrian flags (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Around half of Syria’s prewar population of 20 million has been forced from their homes. A European Parliament resolution in March 2015 condemning attacks on Christians and other minorities said more than 700,000 of 1.1 million Syrian Christians were among those who fled the country. In Iraq, the pre-2003-war Christian population may have been as high as 1.4 million. Estimates today put it at fewer than 350,000.
In the past these situations were already foretold. The Book of books spoke about signs we should come to see. Today many of the signs spoken of should be clear for those who believe in the Only One true God.
The refugee crisis has followed years of unending battles among nations and within nations. Enemies change but the result is the same. Fear and uncertainty are now the norm. Governments in Europe and the U.S. ponder how commitments made long ago can be kept. They see no clear way out of the dilemma, and in many cases, put off inevitable crises with temporary fixes.
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