Number of people seeking asylum in Europe increases by 30 per cent in 2013

Asylum seekers from Eritrea waiting in Lampedusa

According to a new report, the number of people seeking asylum in the European Union has increased by 30 per cent compared to 2012 figures.

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Refugee figures exceed 50 million for first time since world war II

UNHCR tents at a Syrian refugee camp

According to a new UN report, the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people across the world has surpassed 50 million people for the first time since world war II.

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The tragic events of the recent Lampedusa incident have highlighted the need for an EU-level approach to tackling the ongoing problem of migration.

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Commissioner welcomes new rules for EU asylum seekers

European home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström has welcomed parliaments decision to update the existing ‘inefficient, dysfunctional and unfair’ system governing asylum seekers in the EU.

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