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War and violence drive 80% of people fleeing to Europe by sea, not economics

Report challenges economic migrant myth, revealing that most of those making perilous sea crossing were forced from their homes by persecution and fear

The vast majority of people arriving in Europe by sea are fleeing persecution, war and famine, while less than a fifth are economic migrants, a report published on Friday reveals.

More than 80% of an estimated 1,008,616 arrivals in 2015 came from refugee-producing countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and a quarter of that number were children.

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