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Beyond the tragedy – there is a story of hope

Dangerous sea journeys are taking the form of ‘Russian Roulette’, Adrian Edwards, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Head of News and Media, said in highlighting that 479 people have already died or have went missing in the first two months of the year in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Asylum applications in industrialized world soar to almost 900,000 in 2014

The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, according to a UNHCR report released today.