The number of people coming from outside Europe to claim asylum has risen significantly since 2011.
These are the annual figures for people asking for asylum in the 28 countries of the EU as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein until 2014, when there were 662,205 applications:
This is not technically the biggest influx of asylum seekers on record. In 1992 there were 697,085 applications, more than 438,000 in Germany alone, a surge driven mainly by refugees from the conflict in the Balkans.
But the very latest figures suggest the crisis has become even more acute in recent months. (more…)