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A Union of Protection: Amnesty International’s Agenda for Refugee Protection in Europe

, Index number: EUR 01/2417/2015

In the first eight months of 2015, more than 350,000 people reached the EU in search of protection or a better life. More than 244,000 people have arrived on the Greek islands alone, almost 90% of whom have come from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. This unprecedented refugee flow is the inevitable result of the worst global refugee crisis since World War II, with around 19.5 million refugees globally, 80 % of whom are hosted in developing countries.

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