Sat. Dec 14th, 2019

Half Europe’s unauthorized migrants in Germany, UK

epaselect epa06951219 The SOS Mediterranee NGO rescue vessel MV Aquarius, which was stranded in the Mediterranean with some 141 migrants on board, enters the Grand Harbour in Senglea, Valletta, Malta, 15 August 2018. The migrant rescue ship was allowed to dock in Malta on the day after days at sea with some 141 migrants on board - who were rescued off the Libyan coast Libya on 10 August - and since then turned away from Italian ports, media reported. Malta reached an agreement with Germany, Spain, Portugal, France and Luxembourg to allow the ship to dock before sending the migrants to the five countries. EPA-EFE/DOMENIC AQUILINA

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At least 3.9 million unauthorized migrants — and possibly as many as 4.8 million — lived in Europe in 2017 with half of them in Germany and the United Kingdom, according to a study published this week.

The Pew Research Center said the number grew from 2014, when about 3-3.7 million resided in Europe, and peaked in 2015-16 during the refugee crisis when some 1.3 million people arrived, mostly from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

See full report here

In 2016, an estimated 4.1-5.3 million unauthorized migrants lived in Europe.

That’s the year central European countries closed the Balkans route that many migrants used to get to northern Europe. Also, the European Union and Turkey signed a deal designed to keep millions of migrants in Turkey from coming to Europe, and many asylum seekers, especially Syrians, received asylum or residency rights in Germany and other European countries. All this led to a decrease in the number of unauthorized migrants by 2017.

 

Via AP/Pew Research Center

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