Persecution, conflict and poverty drove more than one million people to seek safety in Europe last year. Significant numbers went missing or died (most drowned) making the arduous journey.
The majority who reached Europe made their way across the Mediterranean, arriving mainly in Greece and Italy. For those who survived, arrival in Europe has rarely meant the end of suffering and harsh conditions.
These are the conclusions following 11 fact-finding country visits and 180+ meetings with Civil Society organisations by the European Economic and Social Committee.
The report came up with key messages for the EU:
Reduce the number of (irregular) arrivals
Receive and assist refugees in a humane way
Better support for civil society organisations
Change the narrative on refugee issues Ensure the integration of refugees
Download the full report here