What was the so-called 'European Refugee Crisis'?

In 2015, the number of people entering the European Union by crossing the Mediterranean Sea or through land routes in Southeast Europe surpassed one million. This was widely known as the ‘European Refugee Crisis’. It was, however, more than anything, a protection crisis due to the lack of will to share the responsibility to protect refugees arriving to the EU.

In 2015, the number of people entering the European Union by crossing the Mediterranean Sea or through land routes in Southeast Europe surpassed one million. This was widely known as the ‘European Refugee Crisis’. It was, however, more than anything, a protection crisis due to the lack of will to share the responsibility to protect refugees arriving to the EU.

Today, the number of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Europe has dropped significantly, despite a steady increase in the total number of people in need of protection across the world (471,300 asylum applications in EU member States at the end of 2020, compared to 82.4 million forcibly displaced people worldwide recorded by the UNHCR).