The European countries that take in the most refugees, in one interactive map


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Europe is in the middle of a refugee crisis. Over the past several years, hundreds of thousands of people have migrated to the continent — including about 700,000 from war-ridden Syria — to escape political persecution. And even though none of the Paris attackers are confirmed to be from Syria, the attacks led to a lot of talk about limiting the flow of refugees — out of fear that terrorists could pose as migrants.

But France isn’t the top destination for refugees. As this interactive infographic from Lucify shows, Germany, Sweden, and Serbia have absorbed many more refugees in Europe. And in fact, many more refugees have ended up in non-European locations like Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and North Africa.

Only a fraction makes it to Europe

The United Nations counts that over 750 000 Syrian refugees have sought asylum in Europe between April 2011 and November 2015. Standing very tighly together, they would fit on 11 soccer fields.

Only a small fraction of refugees fleeing their homes make it to Europe. The UN has registered over four million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and North Africa. Most of them live in refugee camps close to the border. They would fit on 61 soccer fields.

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