Migrants: “the most severe refugee crisis since the Second World War” – EU Commission

February 10, 2016
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We are witnessing “the most severe refugee crisis since the Second World War, with over 60 million refugees or internally displaced people across the globe”, the European Commission said in a statement on 10 February. This “requires a radical strengthening of the EU migration system and a coordinated European response”, the statement said. The European Commission has published a report on “the implementation of priority actions under the European Agenda for Migration”, ahead of next week’s European Council meeting (18-19/02/2016).

The report “highlights key areas where immediate action is needed to restore control” of this situation. “While a reduction in flows is highly desirable in view of often overwhelmed national and local authorities, there should be no illusions that the refugee crisis will end before its root causes – instability, war and terror in Europe’s immediate neighbourhood, notably continued war and atrocities in Syria – are addressed in a definite manner”, the Commission said.


Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia