With the number of displaced people in the world at more than 60 million in 2015, the plight of refugees has gained new prominence.
As political and economic unrest roils Venezuela, U.S. asylum applications filed by Venezuelans so far in fiscal 2016 have jumped 168% compared with the same time period a year earlier.
The recent wave of asylum seekers to 28 EU countries, Norway and Switzerland accounts for one-in-ten asylum applications to the region since 1985.
But the U.S. and Europe are quite different when it comes to their migrant populations’ origin countries.
The UK has the fifth-largest immigrant population in the world, at 8.5 million.
The recent historic migration surge into Europe has led to a large jump in the immigrant share of populations in many European nations, with the notable exceptions of the UK and France, which saw more modest increases.
By a wide margin, the U.S. has more immigrants than any other country in the world.
In 2015, there were a record 96,000 unaccompanied child migrants seeking asylum in Europe.
In 2015, more than 1.8 million people crossed the European Union’s borders illegally, up from 280,000 detections of illegal border crossings in 2014.