Official 2014 Refugee Figures to Hit All-Time High - UNHCR

© Sputnik / Dmitriy VinogradovResidents flee the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus. Clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and ISIS militants have been going on in the district. Yarmouk residents wait in line to enter the territory controlled by the Syrian government
Residents flee the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus. Clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and ISIS militants have been going on in the district. Yarmouk residents wait in line to enter the territory controlled by the Syrian government - Sputnik International
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UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spanish office spokeswoman said that while 2013 was a record year for the number of refugees and internally displaced people, the official figure for 2014 may exceed all previous records.

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MADRID (Sputnik) While 2013 was a record year for the number of refugees and internally displaced people, the official figure for 2014 may exceed all previous records, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spanish office spokeswoman told Sputnik Wednesday.

The agency said that figures for 2014 will be published in June 2015.

“In 2014, we expect that the figure will exceed the 2013 numbers, especially because of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, among others,” Rosa Otero said.

“There have been no similar figures since the Second World War,” Otero said.

The agency expressed alarm over the situation in the Mediterranean Sea, as the number of refugees trying to reach mainland Europe has drastically increased.

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Last week, a boat carrying some 800 migrants capsized while heading from Libya to Italy. Only 28 people were rescued.

“At least 350 people on board were Eritreans, but there were also people from Syria, Somali, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ethiopia,” Otero added.

Otero highlighted that Europe must ensure migrant safety, and make sure that similar tragedies do not happen again.

On Thursday, the European Council will hold an emergency meeting on the migrant crisis and the refugee situation.

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