The Swedish government has said that as many as 80,000 migrants are set to have their asylum applications rejected and be deported out of the country, as Finland and Germany also announce tightened asylum policies in a bid to respond to to the ongoing refugee crisis.
Swedish interior minister Anders Ygeman said earlier this week that the 80,000 migrants would be taken out of the country via charter flights, but said the process could take several years. BBC News noted that as many as 163,000 migrants applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015, meaning that close to half of those have had their applications rejected.
Ygemen said that the number of migrants facing deportation right now is 60,000 people, but revealed that that "could climb to 80,000." more >>
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the leader of the Anglican Communion, has asserted that the potential presidency of Republican candidate Donald Trump would be "very challenging" and problematic.
Welby made the comments on ITV's "Good Morning Britain" program, when he was asked about his thoughts on Trump's suitability as the next president of the United States and leader of the free world.
A number of U.S. experts on policy and migration have shot down fears of the shootings in Paris and the sex attacks in Cologne happening in America, noting that a direct link with the influx of refugees has not been established in either case, and affirming that America has a strict vetting system.
There has been significant debate in the U.S. over the question of whether 100,000 refugees fleeing war and terrorism should be allowed into the country. Some notable voices, such as evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham, have directly suggested that attacks, such as the major shootings in Paris, France, in November that led to 130 deaths, and the gang sex assaults in Cologne, Germany. on New Year's Eve, could very well be repeated on U.S. soil.
Dr. Robert P. George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Susan Fratzke, policy analyst and program coordinator at the Migration Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan think tank, told The Christian Post in separate interviews, however, that it would be unfair to suggest that welcoming more refugees will heighten the risk of such attacks happening in America. more >>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Tuesday, and asked the pontiff for prayers as the Middle Eastern country attempts to improve its relationship with the international community.
Rouhani had a private meeting with the pope during his four-day trip in Europe, which analysts say is meant to restore ties to western powers after economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted.
During his visit, Rouhani reportedly asked the pope to pray for him, adding that visiting the Catholic holy site was a "real pleasure." more >>
After 500 women were attacked in Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve, 40 percent of those being sexual assaults, one European expert suggests that while the refugee vetting system reveals the idea of a "Fortress Europe" is an illusion, this is no time for hysterics.
Stefani Weiss, director and expert on European politics at Bertelsmann Stiftung, an independent, nonprofit German foundation, told The Christian Post in a phone interview this week that Germany is facing significant challenges due to the ongoing refugee crisis, but said that with the help of other European States, the situation can still be stabilized.
"The important thing is not to become hysterical. As painful as the incident in Cologne is, this is not a picture of daily life and security in Germany," Weiss told CP. more >>
Pat Smith, mother of American 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack victim Sean Smith, called presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "a liar" this week after viewing the Benghazi-themed film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."
Smith, in an appearance on Fox News with Megyn Kelly this week, said she couldn't complete watching the film after seeing the portrayal of her deceased son in the movie.
"Hillary is a liar! I know what she told me," screamed Smith pointing to the Obama administration blaming a YouTube video for the controversial attack. more >>