Europe urged to do more for Syrian refugees seeking asylum

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Syrian refugees. UNHCR/A.McConnell

European countries are being urged to grant access to Syrian refugees and to provide a fair asylum procedure.

The call has come from the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR as it launched a new report on the situation of Syrian refugees in Europe.

States are also being asked to grant adequate reception conditions and to protect refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.

Melissa Fleming is the Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Refugees.

"An increasing number of Syrians are seeking access beyond the immediate region and to do this they're embarking on long and dangerous journeys to reach safety. In many cases, they have family in Europe and they are just trying to reunite with those family members."

Since the conflict began in March 2011, says Ms Fleming, some 123,600 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe compared to the 2.9 million refugees in countries immediately neighbouring Syria.

European countries have to date offered almost 32,000 places for resettlement, humanitarian and other forms of admission for refugees from Syria.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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