While numbers started to increase in 2011 after some years of relatively fewer asylum applications, 2015 saw a more drastic increase. While the situation has often been compared to the effects of World War II in terms of the scale of movements, it is important to note that the European Union has faced large-scale migration since then, notably in the 1990s linked to conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.
Number of new asylum-seekers 1980-2014 in the OECD, EU and Germany
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