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10 December, 2015

2015: The Year of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled across the Mediterranean Sea this year to escape war and persecution.

The influx of refugees and migrants to Europe reached staggering new levels this year, dominating headlines and prompting stormy political debate.

The main route shifted from the dangerous Mediterranean crossing from Libya to Italy, to what would prove to be an even deadlier crossing from Turkey to Greek islands like Lesvos.

Tragedy propelled the issue to centre stage on the European agenda, and the sheer weight of numbers has kept it there for months.

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