Why this story matters:
The number of refugees accepted in Europe has dropped since 2015 due to stricter immigration policies employed by European countries.
This might give the false impression that the refugee crisis is solved -- while in reality, it is not.
The latest report by the UN refugee agency UNHCR shows that the number of refugees worldwide has been growing for the last five years. 85% of the refugees leaving their countries have been accepted by the poor countries of the global South, while their richer neighbors have tightened their asylum policies since 2015.
Most refugees flee from conflicts in countries like South Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Myanmar.
There is no end in sight for any of those wars, and it can only mean that the number of refugees around the world will not decline.
Obviously, recent crises involving refugees reaching Europe are only small symptoms of a bigger problem -- one that the European Union cannot hide from forever.
Details from the story:
- The UN estimates that there are 68.5 million refugees around the world.
- 52% of them are underage.
- Only one in seven refugees are accepted by the rich countries like the US or EU members
- Germany is accepting fewer refugees each year -- the number has fallen from 890,000 in 2015 to 187,000 in 2017. And the number dropped by a further 16% in the first months of 2018.