The maps and charts that explain how Europe’s refugee crisis developed in 2016

Despite fewer headlines and less attention on the refugee crisis in 2016, Europe was still struggling to accommodate and care for more than one million asylum seekers across the year.

As conflicts in the Middle East and Africa raged on, hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes to seek safety and shelter in Europe – many taking dangerous routes across the Mediterranean to do so.

While the total number of asylum applicants in Europe was down seven per cent compared to 2015, some 1.3m people still sought asylum in EU+ countries – which includes countries outside the EU such as Iceland.

Such a number is unprecedented compared to just a few years ago.

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  • tom_billesley

    The pattern is complicated. For example in 2015 there were 497 asylum seekers in Northern Ireland, all bar one in Belfast. Of these, 154 were from China, 78 from Nigeria, 58 from Somalia and 40 from Sudan. Only 14 were from Syria, with 14 from Algeria and 13 from Iran.
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/500-seeking-asylum-in-northern-ireland-31578215.html

  • andycanuck

    And I’m sure the Telegraph explains why the overwhelming majority are men and of military age and not almost equally spread amongst the sexes* and age groups.

    *Two, that is although today’s Telegraph might not agree with that.