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The refugee crisis: time for some perspective

Migrants and refugees cram into a bus leaving an interim reception centre in Kanjiza, northern Serbia, for the Hungarian border. There was a rush to reach the border before Hungary closed it on 15 September, 2015.
Surcharge du système humanitaire ? Des migrants et des réfugiés s’entassent dans un bus au départ d’un centre d’accueil temporaire à Kanjiza, dans le nord de la Serbie, en direction de la frontière hongroise (Andras D. Hajdu/IRIN)

At the end of a long summer that has seen record numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on Europe’s shores, EU member states are still deeply divided in their response to the crisis.

This week, they agreed to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from over-burdened frontline states like Greece and Italy to other EU countries over the next two years, despite four countries voting against the deal. This IRIN film puts this latest figure into a bit of perspective.

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