War in Syria Pushes Asylum Applications to 22-Year High: U.N.

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The war in Syria, armed conflicts around the world and sustained human rights abuses have pushed asylum applications in industrialized countries to the highest rate in 22 years, the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday.

Applications for asylum in 44 industrialized countries reached around 866,000 in 2014, a 45 percent increase from 2013, when 596,000 applications were filed, according to the agency’s 2014 Asylum Trends report. Those numbers haven’t been seen since the start of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992, when thousands of refugees and asylum seekers fled to Europe and North America, the agency said.

“Our response has to be just as generous now as it was then—providing access to asylum, resettlement opportunities and other forms of protection for the people fleeing these terrible conflicts,” António Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said in a statement on Thursday.

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