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Asylum seekers in Europe reach two-decade high

By Reuters | Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:08 PM
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BRUSSELS, March 24 (Reuters) - Nearly half a million people sought asylum in Europe last year, the most in two decades, with the largest number coming from Syrians fleeing civil war, the European Union said on Monday.

In total, 434,160 people sought refuge in the EU's 28 member states in 2013, according to Eurostat, the EU statistics office. That was an increase of nearly 30 percent from the 335,000 ...

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