Refugees’ onwards journey into EU destinations

By Dr Liliana Harding

Escalating international conflict appears to feed relentlessly into migrant flows, accounting now for almost one million asylum seekers in Europe during 2015. Since the war in Syria started in 2011 millions have found asylum in surrounding countries, with the EU experiencing what might be described as a belated mass influx. Some 759,000 refugees have entered the EU during 2015 via the Eastern Mediterranean, mainly after transiting Turkey into Greece. This compares to 50,000 arrivals via a similar route during the previous year.  (See the UNHCR website for the latest numbers.)

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