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Rise in Libyan, Tunisian refugees: Eurostat
March 25, 2012
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BRUSSELS: Asylum seekers from Arab Spring countries and West African nations suffering civil strife surged into Europe last year at a time when European politicians are talking about re-tightening border controls.

Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, said on Friday asylum applications from Tunisians rose by 92.5 percent to 6,330 last year and from Libyans by 76 percent to 2,900.

Those that fled Syria increased by 50 percent, even though fighting there only accelerated at the end of the year.

Asylum applications from Nigeria, scene of furious fuel price protests and a violent Islamic insurgency, almost doubled from 6,700 in 2010 to 11,500 in 2011.

Arrivals from Ivory Coast, which suffered a civil war after disputed elections, surged to 5,300 from 1,500 in 2010.

The Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank, said that in total almost two million people have left their homes over the last year as a result of the impact of the Arab Spring across North Africa and the Middle East.

Europe’s largest group of migrants for a third consecutive year was from Afghanistan.

Reuters
 

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