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    US Military Operations in Syria, Afghanistan Spur Refugee Flow to Europe

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    The Sputnik news agency is publishing figures on the migration of refugees to European countries as part of the Sputnik.Facts project.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The increasing refugee flow into Europe is prompted by US military operations in Syria, Kosovo and Afghanistan, the Sputnik.Facts project revealed Thursday.

    The largest refugee flows are from Syria (73,310), Kosovo (58,920) and Afghanistan (39,910) — countries where the United States and its allies have conducted various military operations, according to figures compiled by Eurostat.

    A member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders - MSF) checks the temperature of a refugee onboard the Dignity 1 search and rescue vessel after they were rescued along with other migrants from their rubber boat by members of MSF in the Meditterranean sea off the coast of Libya on September 29, 2015
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    Eurostat figures show that the flow of refugees to Europe has almost tripled since 2008.

    Eurostat further calculates that Hungary, Sweden and Austria have accepted the largest number of refugees – 9,929, 5,052 and 3,328 per 1 million local residents, respectively. It is noteworthy that 72 percent of refugees are men and 28 percent are women. Almost half of all refugees (49 percent) are men aged 14-34, while women in this age bracket account for just 12 percent.

    The data is part of a project of the Sputnik news agency, and publishes information on current political and social issues based on national and international statistics by the UN, the IMF, and other organizations, as well as forecasts by major research centers.

    About the Sputnik.Facts project

    The project of the Sputnik news agency and radio network publishes information on current political and social issues based on national and international statistics by the UN, the IMF, and other organizations, as well as forecasts by major research centers.

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