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Migration in Europe: A Record Breaking Shift


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  • Welcome to Trend
  • Crunch: Migration in Europe: A Record Breaking Shift
  • How Geography Shapes Our Identity
  • Global Migration's Rapid Rise
  • A Growing Middle Class
  • Africa Is Changing Faith
  • Quiz: Do You Know How Africa Could Change the Future of Religion?
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
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  • Five Questions: The Future of Ocean Conservation
  • How Science Unifies the World
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Migration in Europe: A Record Breaking Shift

Stats on the people seeking refuge in Europe

A record 1.3 million migrants applied for asylum in the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland in 2015. That breaks 2014’s record of 600,000 and is considerably higher than any annual flow of people since 1985. Germany has been the top destination for asylum applicants 20 times since 1985.

The charts below detail their origins and demographics.

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