Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
A local Spanish television channel reports on the Centro Cristiano La Roca church, which has people of more than 15 nationalities among its members.
The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.
Christians need to face the crisis with maturity and without getting carried away by political preferences.
The 630 people from 32 nationalities were received by interpreters, psychologists and medical doctors. Women in danger of being trafficked will receive special support.
Italy and Malta had refused to take the humanitarian ship in. New Spanish government offers Valencia as a safe harbour.
In 2018, the number of migrants trying to reach the country by sea has increased by more than a third.
The biblical view of immigration does not only consider the migrant’s position but that of the host country.
Talks to form a government are expected to be long and difficult. Anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right Lega are the big winners of the general election.
More than 140 delegates of about 50 organisations met in the Netherlands. Training and resources were offered in specific workshops.
There were “47 migrants from Mali, Guinea Conakry and Ivory Coast” in the raft, a NGO worker said. The arrival of migrants in Melilla has increased 873% .
The Gospel invites us to walk with those who are despised by society.
So far in 2017, more than 3,000 people have lost their lives trying to reach Europe.
Only 17% of the 160,000 people that the EU pledged to take in have been relocated. Intermon Oxfam has denounced Spain for not fulfilling its quota.
Slovakia and Hungary had challenged the scheme arguing the arrival of asylum seekers is a threat to their societies.
20-25% of undocumented immigrants in the US are evangelicals and many of them are pillars in their churches and communities.
Only 3 people were rescued. The small boat was found four days after it disappeared.
Detained asylum seekers enter hunger strike as President Janos Ader is re-elected. Christian expert Paul Sydnor says new measures only result in people “becoming re-traumatized.”
The EEA joins other 160 civil society organisations in demanding “statesmanship that stands up for humanity and dignity and that addresses people’s fears, instead of fuelling them.”
Anger and fake news are “poisoning society and making it harder to understand what is really going on”, says EEA Socio-political representative Julia Doxat-Purser.
The Italian Evangelical Alliance emphasises the “inherent dignity” of all migrants. Family reunification and integration policies should be implemented.
The number of unaccompanied minors has doubled since 2105, reaching almost 25,000.
A starting point: invite a refugee to go with you to visit a museum, watch a football match, share a meal.
A healthy, informed debate on the role of migration is sadly lacking in Europe. Europeans talk about migration, Africans talk about the diaspora.
The Freedom Party’s candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost for more than 300,000 votes.
“Too often we hide behind our Christian heritage which is somehow only a kind of folk and nominal version of real Christianity”, says Frank Hinkelmann. Evangelicals should not let fear towards foreigners stop their mission.