Number of Refugees to Europe Increases to Record 1.3 Million

About half of them come from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

The new report also found that a majority of citizens in all EU countries disapprove of how the bloc is dealing with the refugee crisis.

“That’s a significant population shift in one year,” Connor said. “It might not seem much, but in the U.S. it took a decade from 2005 to 2015 to increase the foreign-born by 1 percent of the total population.”

Since 2012, Germany has been the primary destination country for asylum seekers in Europe, receiving 442,000 asylum applications in just 2015. Measured per capita, Hungary, followed by Sweden and Austria, received the highest numbers of asylum seekers in 2015. In comparison, France and the UK received roughly the same number of applications in 2015 as in years prior to last year’s refugee surge.

The number of children reaching Europe alone with no parents or guardians increased in 2015 to about 7 percent of all asylum applicants.

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