LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

The Number Of Migrants And Refugees Arriving In Europe Tops 1 Million

Hungarian police officers stop a group of refugees near a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary, in September 2015.

The number of migrants and refugees who have arrived in Europe over the past year has topped 1 million, marking the highest migration flow since World War II.

In its latest report, the International Organization for Migration also lays out some grim statistics: The number of refugees and migrants who die on their journey is rising — 3,692 so far — and many of them are young children.

"We know migration is inevitable, necessary and desirable," IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said in a statement. "But it's not enough to count the number of those arriving — or the nearly 4,000 this year reported missing or drowned. We must also act. Migration must be legal, safe and secure for all — both for the migrants themselves and the countries that will become their new homes."

Reuters reports that the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR says it expects the flow of migrants to remain about the same in the new year.

Reuters adds:

"The record movement of people into Europe is a symptom of a record level of disruption around the globe, with numbers of refugees and internally displaced people far surpassing 60 million, UNHCR said last week.

" 'I don't understand why people are insisting that this is a European problem. This is a global issue,' Michael Moller, director of the U.N. office in Geneva, told a news conference on Tuesday.

"The U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres called on Friday for a 'massive resettlement' of Syrian and other refugees within Europe, to distribute many hundreds of thousands of people before the continent's asylum system crumbles."

The Guardian reports that the numbers released today by the IOM represent a "four-fold increase from 2014's figures, and has largely been driven by Syrians fleeing their country's civil war."

Afghans and Iraqis are also migrating to Europe in large numbers.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)