OECD: Syrian crisis lifts asylum seekers to post-war high

September 19, 2016 12:50


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PARIS - The refugee crisis unleashed by the Syrian conflict has pushed the number of asylum seekers globally to a post-war record high, lifting overall migration flows, the OECD said on Monday.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 35 member states saw the number asylum seekers double in 2015 to 1.65 million, the body said in its annual International Migration Outlook.

"We're at a historic moment. When we look at 2016, we see an increase in the number of asylum seekers, even if the flow is lower," said Jean-Christophe Dumont, the head of the OECD's International Migration Division.

Nearly one in every four asylum seekers came from Syria last year followed by Afghanistan at 16 percent. Three quarters of the total sought asylum in the European Union, with Germany getting the lion's share, the OECD said, citing figures from the United Nation's refugee agency.

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