Japan begins clean-up after typhoon kills 11; major airport closed

Vehicles damaged by Typhoon Jebi are seen in Kobe, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 5, 2018. Kyodo/via REUTERS

By Kaori Kaneko

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan began on Wednesday to clean up after a powerful typhoon killed 11 people, injured hundreds and stranded thousands at a flooded airport, though when the airport in an industrial and tourist hub might reopen was not clear.

Typhoon Jebi, or “swallow” in Korean, was briefly a super typhoon and was the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years. It came after months of heavy rain, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people this summer.

Passengers stranded at Kansai International Airport due to powerful typhoon Jebi queue outside the airport as they wait for the arrival of a special bus service to transport them out of the area, in Izumisato, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 5, 2018. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Passengers stranded at Kansai International Airport due to powerful typhoon Jebi queue outside the airport as they wait for the arrival of a special bus service to transport them out of the area, in Izumisato, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 5, 2018. Kyodo/via REUTERS

About 3,000 tourists were stuck overnight at Kansai Airport in western Japan, an important hub for companies exporting semiconductors built on reclaimed land on a bay near Osaka and connected to the mainland by a bridge that was damaged when a tanker slammed into it during the storm.

But by afternoon many people had been rescued by bus or ferried by ship from the airport, where puddles still stood on the main runway after it was inundated on Tuesday.

“More than anything else, I really want to take a bath,” one woman told NHK public television.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday afternoon about 470 people were injured. It was uncertain when the airport would reopen and some roads and train lines in the affected areas were still closed, he said.

But the number of households without power had been roughly halved to 530,000.

“The government will continue to do everything possible to tackle these issues with utmost urgency,” Suga told a news conference earlier.

A bridge connecting Kansai airport, damaged by crashing with a 2,591-tonne tanker, which is sent by strong wind caused by Typhoon Jebi, is seen in Izumisano, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 5, 2018. Kyodo/via REUTERS

A bridge connecting Kansai airport, damaged by crashing with a 2,591-tonne tanker, which is sent by strong wind caused by Typhoon Jebi, is seen in Izumisano, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 5, 2018. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Japan’s JXTG Nippon Oil Energy Corp shut at least one refining units at its 135,000 barrels-per-day Sakai refinery in Osaka due to typhoon damage to part of the cooling tower, the trade ministry said.

Many chip plants operate in the Kansai region. Toshiba Memory, the world’s second-largest maker of flash memory chips, was monitoring developments closely and may need to ship products from other airports if Kansai remains closed, a spokeswoman said.

She said the company was not expecting a major impact because its plant in Yokkaichi in central Japan had not been affected by the typhoon.

It could take several days to a week to reopen Kansai airport depending on the damage, the Yomiuri newspaper quoted an unidentified person in the airline industry as saying.

Winds that in many places gusted to the highest ever recorded in Japan, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, left a swathe of damage, with fruit and vegetables, many about to be harvested, hit especially hard.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was criticized in July for an initially slow response to devastating floods that month, posted updates on the rescue efforts at Kansai.

Jebi’s course brought it close to parts of western Japan hit by rains and flooding in July that killed more than 200 people, but most of the damage this time appeared to be from the wind.

(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori, Makiko Yamazaki, Chang-Ran Kim, Kiyoshi Takenaka and Elaine Lies; Editing by Paul Tait, Robert Birsel)

Prophet John Kilpatrick returns to The Jim Bakker Show in October!

By Kami Klein

John Kilpatrick is a man of revival and prophecy.  We expect revival when he speaks, and we come to understand and examine where we are in our Christian lives when he preaches.  The Jim Bakker Show is excited to bring Pastor John Kilpatrick back to Morningside on October 9th at 11:00 am and we would love YOU to be a part of the Live Studio taping!   

Recent events in the world are leading many prophets to earnestly speak on bringing Christ’s message, all of His message, to the church and the importance of participating in what is happening in our country. For John Kilpatrick, right NOW is the time for Christians everywhere to pray for the soul of America. In a recent church service that went viral on YouTube, Kilpatrick urged the church to pray constantly for the United States, specifically for the President to protect him from the witchcraft or the Jezebel spirit that is being launched on him personally and on his Presidency.

In his message, Kilpatrick prophesied to a packed Alabama church.

“I am not being political, but I don’t see how President Trump bears up under it, He is as strong as I’ve ever seen a man be. But here’s what the Holy Spirit said to me last night and what He said for me to tell you. He said, ‘Tell the church that so far, Trump has been dealing with Ahab. But Jezebel’s fixing to step out from the shadows.’ That’s what the Lord said to me.”  

An article in Charisma points out that the sermon was preached just days before Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. That same day, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was found guilty on five counts of submitting false tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts, and two counts of bank fraud.

“[God] said, ‘Pray for him now, because He said there’s about to be a shift, and the deep state is about to manifest, and it’s going to be a showdown like you can’t believe,'” Kilpatrick said. “So, I’m coming to you as a prophet, as a man of God, and I’m telling you, it’s time to pray for the President.”

We hope you can join Jim and Lori Bakker for a special taping on Grace Street, Tuesday, October 9th at 11 am CT, to welcome John Kilpatrick and hear this prophet’s thoughts on where we are as a church today and the responsibility we share in praying and seeking the Lord’s divine grace on America.  Admission is free so come early and claim your seat. If you are unable to attend stay tuned in October for the airing of this inspirational program.

U.S. Senator John McCain loses fight with brain cancer, age 81

FILE PHOTO - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain points to his head during his Carolina kickoff rally at Presbyterian College February 2, 2000. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Senator John McCain’s brave fight against cancer came to an end on Saturday afternoon.  The Senator had been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, diagnosed by his doctors in 2017.

A statement from his office on Saturday said: “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

McCain served in the military and was a prisoner of war for 5 1/2 years in Vietnam.  He was nominated as the 2008 Republican Presidential candidate with his running mate Sarah Palin and served as a U.S. Senator for the state of Arizona for close to three decades.  

“My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years,” Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter. “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”

Our deepest prayers are with his family.    

Illusory to think Syrian refugees can return now, France says

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows refugee tents erected at the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border as it is seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen -/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – France dismissed on Thursday any suggestion that millions of Syrian refugees could start returning home, as urged by Russia, which backs President Bashar al-Assad.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said the conditions for a return have not been met, given Assad’s treatment of those who have already gone home and a possible offensive on rebel territory in northern Syria.

In recent weeks Russia has called on Western powers opposed to the Syrian government to help refugees return home and aid reconstruction of areas under his control.

However, Von der Muhll cited a decree depriving refugees and internally displaced people of their properties, the instability of the country and cases of arrest and forced conscription of Syrians returning from Lebanon.

“To consider a return of the refugees is illusory, in the current conditions,” she said.

The seven-year civil war has killed an estimated half a million people, driven 5.6 million out of Syria and displaced around 6.6 million within the country.

Most refugees are from the Sunni Muslim majority, and it is unclear whether Assad’s Alawite-dominated government will allow all to return freely or whether they would want to. Sunnis made up the bulk of the armed opposition to Assad.

France, which backs the opposition, says it will not support reconstruction of areas under Assad’s control until there is a negotiated political transition under U.N. auspices.

“This year has seen the largest movement of displaced people since the beginning of the conflict and … the entire international community has warned of the risks of a major humanitarian and migratory crisis in the event of an offensive against the province of Idlib,” Von der Muhll said.

The Idlib region, a refuge for civilians and rebels displaced from other areas of Syria as well as jihadist forces, was hit by air strikes and shelling last week, in a possible prelude to a full-scale government offensive.

(Reporting by John Irish; editing by David Stamp)

Shop ‘til you drop! PTL Shop, the first Faith-Based Home Shopping Network, now has its own network!

PTL Shop, the first Faith Based Television Network!

By Kami Klein

PTL Shop is growing!  Now you can get PTL Shop on its very own network! This network is available on Roku and can be easily added to your channels. Just hit search and type it in.  Now you can watch our inspirational programming on PTL Television Network or enjoy the convenience of shopping in your own home enjoying fantastic deals on the PTL Shop Faith Based Home Shopping Network!   

Wanting to take a break?  Relax and hop online at ptlshop.com or tune in to your Roku on the PTL Shop Channel to see beautiful apparel and jewelry, Christian books and media, wonderful products for health and beauty, decorative and useful products for your home and garden, as well as unique new gizmos and gadgets you will love! PTLShop.com is constantly adding new products for every category!

Christmas is just around the corner and with deals like these, you will have no problem finding the perfect gifts at incredible prices! The bonus is now your shopping experience goes towards spreading the Gospel!

Here’s one of our unique products offered on PTL Shop with our hosts Ricky Bakker and John Woodall.  

 

PTL Shop is YOUR Faith-Based Shopping Network! Add PTL Shop to your Roku today, get settled on your couch and Shop ‘til you Drop!

 

PTL Television Network is growing! Join in the adventure of “Alaska Missionaries” and other amazing programs!

Watch Now PTL TV network

By Kami Klein

PTL Television Network is growing fast with incredible prophetic, life lifting programs that are perfect for you and your family! Our latest addition features Pastor Ron & Yolanda Pratt who are in their 4th decade of ministering to young people. As Alaska Missionaries they face challenges that are unique in the wilderness.

Each episode of Alaska Missionaries will take the viewers on a journey through an entire summer camp schedule. From the early summer preparations at the Pratt’s home base in North Pole, Alaska to their return in late summer, these episodes will take you on a trek driving through back roads, navigating rivers and the challenges found off the grid. With breathtaking scenery, adventurous landscapes and down to earth personalities, this Alaskan show just might become your family favorite!

You can watch all of our programs on PTL Television Network on Roku.  (Just download this network for free from the channel store.) You can also watch on Apple TV (4th Generation or higher and download free from the TV app store.) Or you can simply go to PTLnetwork.com and watch whenever you wish on your home computer, tablet or smartphone.  It’s that simple!

PTL TELEVISION NETWORK LINEUP

Christian Television with a prophetic underline!  There is incredible teaching, hope, and guidance, found on the PTL Television Network.  Here is the rest of the lineup of amazing programs offered.

Christ the King TV with Ramiro Peña

Christ The King TV is taped from the pulpit of Pastor Ramiro Peña at Christ the King Church in Waco, Texas. Pastor Peña shares the truth of God’s purposes on earth and His loving heart for all of His children with a warm and loving joy.

Classic Jim Bakker Show

The Jim Bakker Show was launched in 2003 in Branson, MO. From Studio City Cafe to the beautiful Grace Street at Morningside, these classic episodes feature truly inspirational guests with amazing messages that are still relevant in today’s world!

Conferences at Morningside

Conferences At Morningside offer an in-depth conversation on Christian topics that affect God’s world. Unlike other events, your insights are met with our anointed guests in a dialogue meant to increase understanding of specific topics. Conferences At Morningside bring new ideas to light with the leadership of amazing Christian teachers of today.

Deep Calls to Deep with Frank Amedia

Deep Calls To Deep, with host Frank Amedia, is a unique ministry rich with fresh revelation that is grounded upon the firm foundation of the Word of God. Once we grasp and practice a truth of God, it should become foundational – we don’t need to learn it again. We grow from that faith to a greater faith, from that strength to a greater strength, and from that glory to a greater glory.

Discovering the Ancient Paths with Mark Biltz

Discovering the Ancient Paths with Pastor Mark Biltz will launch you into a deeper realm of love for the Lord and a desire to study His Word! He teaches the Bible from the Hebraic perspective of the culture, language, and idioms in which it is written. The Bible is taught from black and white to living color!

End of the Age with Dr. Irvin Baxter

Endtime Ministries is committed to preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to every person on earth because the Endtime is now! In End of the Age, Dr. Irvin Baxter focuses on explaining world events from a biblical perspective. This ministry’s purpose is to prove that we are now at the end of the era of human government and very near the beginning of the prophesied Kingdom of God.

Into the Multiverse with Josh Peck

Explore the very fabric of reality with Into the Multiverse, hosted by Josh Peck.
Author of ‘Quantum Creation’, Josh and his wife Christina discuss particles, waves, wormholes, time travel, and other mind-bending concepts that manifest the amazing universe God has created!

Leadership from Behind the Scenes with Bishop Ron Webb

Bishop Ron Webb takes you behind the scenes of ministry. Here, he boldly shares his insight and truth into the world of church leadership and the challenges, heartaches, and victories of this compelling call to the ministry. Bishop Webb has built a reputation for his God-given wisdom, which makes him sought after by leaders from all over the country to speak to congregations and pastors’ conferences.

Morningside Church Services

Praise God! Feel the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and enjoy the Morningside Church community for our Sunday Services any day of the week! With leadership by Pastor Joe Campbell and inspirational guest speakers, we invite you to become a part of our church family! Meet us on Grace Street in your own home and celebrate the peace and understanding of Jesus straight from God’s Holy Word!

Morningside Seminars

Morningside Seminars showcases some of the greatest guests who have appeared on Grace Street.  These amazing teachings were taped exclusively for our audience.

Music and Ministry

The PTL Television Network IS the Voice of the Prophets, and honors God with glorious praise and worship music! The Music and Ministry series is where you will find many Christian guests who have come to Morningside to praise the Lord in song!

Prophetic Perspectives with Rick Joyner

Prophetic Perspectives is hosted by Rick Joyner, who covers a multitude of topics happening now in our world, Joyner’s unapologetic insights provide a prophetic twist and biblical perspective along with riveting discussions that are both timely and thought-provoking.

Ready Now Expos at Morningside

The Ready NOW Expos teach preparedness through informative seminars featuring exciting speakers who provide vital information on security, health, food storage, emergency medical information and much more! These experts inspire with the Word of God and bring understanding regarding events that are happening in this world RIGHT NOW!

Revelation in the News

Join Hosts Jim Bakker, Mondo De La Vega, Ricky Bakker, and John Woodall as they explore current news topics, the implications of these events and the perfect timing that is contained in the Word of God. You only have to look at all that is occurring in the world today to see His revelations being revealed. This is Revelation in the News!

Sci Friday with Derek and Sharon Gilbert

Get ready for SciFriday with Derek and Sharon Gilbert. Watch as they discuss science news from a Christian worldview. Genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology — keep up with discoveries that are changing our world at breakneck speed and threaten to redefine what it means to be human.

SkyWatch TV with Tom Horn

Hosts Tom Horn, Derek Gilbert and the News Raiders Team along with renowned experts investigate and uncover mysteries in the field of theology and prophecy.
SkyWatch TV covers the latest-breaking news and information on cutting-edge topics such as religion, prophecy, discovery, and the supernatural through in-depth, investigative reports.

The Jim Bakker Show

Join Jim and Lori with co-hosts, Mondo De La Vega, Tammy Sue Bakker, and Ricky Bakker as they bring to the stage today’s greatest prophets, health experts, and leaders of the Christian world to discuss and understand Biblical prophecy and the Revelations of God’s Word.

Prophets Speak

Prophets hold the gift of Spirit and share those gifts in unique and powerful ways. Their messages must be shared throughout our churches, in our neighborhoods and spread throughout with the world. The Prophets Speak features teachers, evangelists, healers and leaders of the church. These prophets of today were invited to speak and minister, in very special evening services at Morningside.

The Underground with Joel Richardson

Join host, Joel Richardson, on the front lines of Christianity as he reveals a raw glimpse of what God is doing among the nations. The Underground will not only bring the news to you but will be a source of strength and stability in the midst of a world gone mad; helping followers of Christ to better grapple and respond to all that is unfolding.

Stay tuned as we continue to add more Christian and Prophetic programming!  PTL TV Network is your source for Biblical Insights, Prophetic Revelation, and Breaking News!  

Freedom, our national security and protecting Christian values: Morningside welcomes back terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel ACT! for America

By Kami Klein

Brigitte Gabriel, one of the leading experts on terrorism, will be joining Jim and Lori Bakker on Grace Street on Tuesday, August 28th, at 11 a.m. for a show to be recorded and broadcast at a later date.  As a powerful speaker, she lectures nationally and internationally about terrorism and current affairs. Her expertise is sought after by business and world leaders. She has addressed the United Nations, the Australian Prime Minister, members of The British Parliament/House of Commons, members of the United States Congress, The Pentagon, The Joint Forces Staff College, The US Special Operations Command, The US Asymmetric Warfare group, the FBI, and many others. In addition, Gabriel is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and various radio stations daily across America.

Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel, Jim Bakker Show, July, 2017

As founder, president, and CEO of ACT! for America, the largest national security grassroots organization Ms. Gabriel has stood her ground against radical Muslims, threats from terrorists, condemnation from critics and attacks from the liberal media, yet she refuses to back down. She has made it her life’s work to reveal the motivations of radical Islamists as well as those in the United States who are dedicated to destroying America as well as attack the Christian faith and values.

Author of two New York Times Best Sellers, BECAUSE THEY HATE: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. And THEY MUST BE STOPPED: Why we must defeat radical Islam and how we can do it, Gabriel will soon be releasing her next book, “ Rise: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom” where she reveals the people, organizations, and forces at work to dismantle our Judeo-Christian values and freedoms, destabilize and threaten our national security, and radically redefine our very way of life.

Morningside is honored that Ms. Gabriel is returning to The Jim Bakker Show.  We know and understand the value of her experience and brilliant observations on what is happening in the United States and to the Christian community at large. As a preface to her book and a sentiment we do agree with, “You never really own Freedom, you only preserve it for the next generation.” This show will help you understand what you can do to fight the forces that aim to undermine our nation.

Please join us here at here on Grace Street, Tuesday, August 28th as a member of our studio audience for this important conversation and taping.  Admission is free. We ask that you arrive early for a seat as we expect a full house. For those of you that are unable to attend our show, please be looking for this program to be aired at a later date.  You can find this information on The Jim Bakker show website or be looking for announcements on social media. We hope to see you here!

 

Cool off this summer! Join us for our Live Taping, in studio, to experience an outstanding lineup of guests at Morningside

Morningside, Home of the Jim Bakker Show

By Kami Klein

The summer has been hot and unpredictable but that hasn’t kept incredible prophets and teachers away from The Jim Bakker Show!  Right now we are getting ready for our next amazing guest, Dr. Peter Pry!  On Tuesday, July 24th beginning at 11 am central, Dr. Pry will be joining Pastor Jim and Lori Bakker on stage for the Live taping of the Jim Bakker show.  We want to see you there in our studio audience!

Interviews with Dr. Pry are always filled with knowledgeable information on what is happening in America and in the world! Pry is Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both Congressional Advisory Boards, and served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is the author of Apocalypse Unknown: The Struggle To Protect America From An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe and Electric Armageddon.  Dr. Pry serves as contributing editor on several articles for Family Security Matters and writes up-to-date articles based on today’s news and what it means for America.  

On Thursday, August 9th at 11 am, our beautiful friend Billye Brim will be here for another LIVE taping here on Grace Street.   Billye Brim is the founder of Billye Brim Ministries, Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks and the Migdal Arbel Prayer and Study Center in Israel.   

“Helping Pray-ers” is a God-given directive in her life. One place this happens is at Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. Billye is a strong woman of God and prophet who has blessed this ministry many times!

Internationally recognized speaker and business consultant Lance Wallnau will join Pastor Jim and Lori on stage for a Live show taping on Tuesday, August 14th, at 11 am!  USA Today reported that he is one of only three evangelical leaders to have accurately predicted Donald Trump’s Presidency. Dr. Wallnau’s best-selling book, “God’s Chaos Candidate” is credited as being the catalyst that mobilized thousands of Christians to vote for Donald Trump and contributed to Trump’s unprecedented election victory. His insights are remarkable and you don’t want to miss it!  

Finally, we just had to have Dr. Sherrill Sellman, Frank Davis, and Dr. Emek Blair back on the show!  On Thursday, August 16th at 11 am. The health knowledge we have gained from these professionals and authorities in the health field has recently brought to us the healing powers of hemp.  We can’t wait to see what discoveries they have made towards helping us all be happier and healthier! Don’t miss this LIVE studio taping!

There is no admission charge to any of our tapings of The Jim Bakker Show.  Air times for the shows to be seen on television vary so be sure to tune in to Jimbakkershow.com to see when your favorite show will air.  

Have a happy, cool summer!  And thank you for tuning in to The Jim Bakker Show!

 

Judge to weigh new rules as U.S. works to reunite migrant families

Children are escorted to the Cayuga Center, which provides foster care and other services to immigrant children separated from their families, in New York City, U.S., July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

By Tom Hals

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday will consider imposing tougher rules on the U.S. government to ensure it reunites as many as 2,000 immigrant children with their parents by July 26.

In a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, U.S. Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ordered the government in June to reunite families that had been separated after crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. The government failed to meet a Tuesday deadline for reuniting an initial group of children under 5.

About 46 of the 103 children remain separated because of safety concerns, the deportation of their parents and other issues, according to court documents.

The government has said its efforts to reunite families were slowed by the need to conduct DNA testing and criminal background checks on parents and determine if they would provide a safe environment for the child.

That has raised questions how the government will manage with the vastly larger number of children it still must reunite, a task the judge has called a “significant undertaking.”

Late Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit that led to Sabraw’s order, said it wanted the judge to impose timelines on the government for background checks and to share information sooner in the process.

The rights group said that a lack of information about where and when reunions would happen had led to potential dangers for families. In one case, the ACLU said, immigration officials reunited a mother with her 6-month-old daughter then dropped them alone at bus stop late at night.

Sabraw will consider imposing those requirements on the government at a hearing on Friday at 1 p.m. PDT (2000 GMT) in San Diego.

The government adopted its family separation policy as part of a broader effort to discourage illegal immigration earlier this year. The Trump administration buckled to intense political pressure and abandoned the policy in June.

(Reporting by Tom Hals; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

U.N. view on the European migrant crisis? There isn’t one

FILE PHOTO: Activists from the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms charity place a life jacket on the Christopher Columbus statue after the Open Arms rescue boat arrived at a port in Barcelona, Spain, carrying migrants rescued off Libya, July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

By Tom Miles

GENEVA (Reuters) – The European Union is not in the throes of a migration crisis, despite a “toxic narrative” and political spin, U.N. migration experts said on Friday.

Disputes over immigration have divided the European Union, with splits between and within governments about who should take responsibility for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. The issue threatened to bring down German Chancellor Angela Merkel and was a major factor in Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

“We consider it a political crisis, not a migrant crisis. The numbers are not that significant,” said Leonard Doyle, spokesman for the U.N. International Organization for Migration.

FILE PHOTO: A crew member of charity ship MV Lifeline reacts during a vigil to commemorate migrants who have lost their lives whilst crossing the Mediterranean, in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour, Malta July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A crew member of charity ship MV Lifeline reacts during a vigil to commemorate migrants who have lost their lives whilst crossing the Mediterranean, in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour, Malta July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

“We are concerned that the toxic narrative against migrants, to put it bluntly, be diminished, and people see migration for what it is. It’s a necessary part of the modern world, provided it’s managed. The issue is that people’s perception is that it’s out of control,” he said.

The numbers of people risking the journey across the sea peaked in 2015, but have fallen sharply in each subsequent year. In the first half of 2018, 46,449 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea, according to the IOM.

“This isn’t a crisis,” said Charley Yaxley, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR. “But what continues to be the case is that a small handful of countries are bearing a disproportionate responsibility for receiving new arrivals.

“What’s needed is for European states to come together with countries in the Mediterranean region as well to establish a fair and equitable distribution of refugees and asylum seekers so that the responsibility is shared.”

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)