Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war: UNHCR

March 26, 2015 5:08 AM

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Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war: UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) - Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees.

An estimated 866,000 asylum-seekers lodged claims in 2014, a 45 percent rise from the year before and the highest figure since the start of the war in Bosnia, when the all-time high of nearly 900,000 was recorded, the U.N. refugee agency said.

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