The Economist has created a data visualization that illustrates how European nations are handling the influx of asylum seekers, which have increased from 336,000 in 2012 to over 600,000 in 2014. Civil wars and conflicts in the Middle East and Africa are a leading contributor for this increase—for example, the top seven European countries receiving asylum seekers processed 51,515 applications from Syria in 2014, compared to just 15,180 in 2012. The visualizations show where refugees are coming from, which countries these refugees are trying to enter, and the number of applications that are accepted and rejected.
Visualizing Asylum Seekers in Europe
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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