Conflict in Syria and Ukraine driving record displacement in Europe

An extended family of Afghan asylum seekers, newly arrived on Greece’s Lesvos Island. UNHCR File Photo/G. Moutafis

Conflicts in Syria and Ukraine are driving the massive displacement of people in Europe, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Figures released by the agency ahead of World Refugee day on Saturday show that the number of people living in Europe who have fled their homes was 6.7 million at the end of 2014.

That's compared to 4.4 million the previous year.

Turkey became the world’s top refugee-hosting nation with 1.59 million Syrian refugees.

Daniel Johnson asked UNHCR's Babar Baloch for more details.

Duration: 3'08"

 

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