As EU Argues, Where Did Refugees from Former Yugoslavia Settle?

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A look at how refugees from former Yugoslavia were resettled by location.

As the misery continues for tens of thousands of people trying to reach end destinations such as Germany and Sweden, and with European politicians arguing about quotas and policies, it is worth perhaps looking back a little in history to how Europe dealt with the last major influx of people fleeing conflict – from former Yugoslavia. 

According to statistics published by The Daily Telegraph on September 19, 2015, more than half a million migrants have entered Europe in 2015 alone, 40% of whom are Syrian, the vast majority of whom (more than 470,000) arrived by risky boat crossings. The number one destination appears to be Germany, followed by Sweden.

A look back at the situation in the 1990s is revealing for the end destinations of refugees from that conflict. Germany was clearly number one, with 330,000, with Sweden second at 77,000. The UK, which has agreed to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees over four years, took in just 8,000, while Ireland admitted a paltry 20. While the majority resettled in Europe, a mere 10-15,000 went to Australia and America. 

While the numbers coming into Europe are significant in this crisis, it should be remembered that there are many, many more refugees outside Europe in countries neigbouring Syria, with more than 2 million in Turkey alone. 


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