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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Asia World Model United Nations

UNHCR: Refugee Crisis in Europe


Over 5 millions people from Middle Eastern and Africa countries such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and few more have arrived in European shores seeking asylum. Thousands have lost their lives or have gone missing since 2015, and an increasing number of women and unaccompanied children continue to take perilous journeys in search of safety. Europe is living through a refugee crisis of historic proportions. Its evolving response has become one of the continent’s defining challenges of the early 21st century, with long-lasting implications for humanitarian practice, regional stability and international public opinion. This sudden and intense influx of refugees at the doors of Europe challenges the stability of each government and of the EU as a whole. It seems harder than ever to find the balance between refugee protection, national security and the European unity.