In 2015, more than a million refugees and other migrants arrived in the EU by sea. They risked their life on unsafe boats, seeking international protection from war and persecution in their countries of origin. The majority of them arrived from Syria, as a result of the civil war in the country. Most of the refugees and migrants landed on Greek islands and many proceeded to other EU countries through the western Balkans route. European institutions and politicians found themselves to tackle a deep social and humanitarian crisis, trying to find effective solutions to safeguard the lives of migrants as well as the stability of Europe’s governments and societies.
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