EU Struggling with Rising Refugee Numbers

“EU struggles to deal with rising refugee numbers,” by Sabrina Pabst for Deutsche-Welle:

Germany has pledged to take in 5,000 refugees from Syria. But they still haven’t arrived. Human rights organizations complain that the EU’s refugee policy is marked by a lack of solidarity.

Almost 2 million people are currently estimated to be fleeing from the war in Syria. Most of them seek refuge in neighboring countries. According to a report by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, some 50,000 refugees have been seeking shelter in Turkey, with a total of 6,000 new arrivals in the course of this past week alone. But the number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher, according to UNHCR, because not everybody registers with the agency.

The European Union’s statistics agency, Eurostat, said in the course of the past 12 months, some 30,000 Syrians have filed an asylum application in the EU. In July, Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees registered close to 1,000 new asylum applications from Syrian citizens…

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