Eurostat, the EU’s official statistics agency, claims 217,000 migrants arrived in the EU in April, May and June this year.
The agency calculated that 27,000 of these were from Afghanistan, 17,700 were from Albania, 13,900 were from Iraq. Syrians made up 44,000 of these figures.
Other migrants are from Eritrea, Ukraine, Pakistan, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria, Georgia, India, Vietnam, Somalia, the Gambia, Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Libya and Russia.
Both Afghanistan and Iraq are unsettled regions with British soldiers still on the ground to help stabilise the regions. Albania, however, is at peace.
Some Tory MPs claimed the figures exposed ‘a lie’ peddled by the left wing media.
David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth, told The Daily Mail:
This exposes the lie peddled in some quarters that vast numbers of those reaching Europe are from Syria. Most people who are escaping the war will go to camps in Lebanon or Jordan.Of course, the figures only show the breakdown for the beginning of this year.
Many of those who have opted to risk their lives to come to Europe have done so for economic reasons.
Half a million people have arrived in Europe so far this year with 156,000 arriving in August alone. Many of those have risked their lives by paying people smugglers to ferry them across the Mediterranean.
More than 250,000 of those have reached Greece and Italy while Hungary has closed its border with Croatia and Serbia and started laying razor wire to keep refugees away.
After Angela Merkel declared any Syrian reaching Germany could claim asylum, Berlin was forced to closed its border causing more turmoil.
The overall number of migrants claiming asylum in Europe has doubled compared to the same period last year.
Here’s the document in full so you can decide for yourself.
Are these stats significant?
- Yes. They expose the lie about Syrian refugees
- No. The figures are out of date and now meaningless.
- Maybe. We need more info