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Immigrants Entering Europe Almost Tripled in 2014

Around 280,000 migrants entered the EU in 2014, compared to just over 100,000 in the previous year. "The reasons for the dramatic increase in migration are many: the dramatic situation in Syria, Eritrea, South...

by Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten

Around 280,000 migrants entered the EU in 2014, compared to just over 100,000 in the previous year. "The reasons for the dramatic increase in migration are many: the dramatic situation in Syria, Eritrea, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq combined with the fact that Libya is de facto a failed state without functioning law enforcement," Frontex spokeswoman Ewa Moncure said Wednesday. An increasingly violent and chaotic situation in Libya, a key jumping-off point for migrants, has also helped prompt the huge hike in the number of asylum seekers trying to reach Europe.