Published on May 13th, 2015 | by Joshua New1
Visualizing Asylum Seekers in Europe
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.