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Migrant Camp in Paris
A woman jogs past a makeshift migrant camp along the banks of the Seine river near Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris on September 4, 2015. The camp shelters refugees from over 40 different countries, mainly from Africa and the Middle East . Photo by David Silpa/UPI
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The 2015 European migrant crisis[1][2][3][4][5] or European refugee crisis[6][7][8] arose through the rising number of refugees and economic migrants,[9] from areas such as the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans[10] coming to the European Union across the Mediterranean Sea and Southeast Europe,[11][12] and applying for asylum. The majority of the refugees come from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.[13] The phrase "migrant crisis" rose to popular use in April 2015,[14] when five boats carrying almost two thousand migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people.

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