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Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.
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Some 259,500 foreigners applied for asylum in the EU in 2010; 335,290 in 2012; 626,960 in 2014; and 1,321,600 in 2015. Many migrants arrive in front-line states such as Greece and Italy, but move on to Germany and Sweden to apply for asylum.
Migrants continued to stream into Europe in 2016. Instead of going from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands, many set off in boats from Libya and hoped to be rescued 12 miles off the Libyan coast by waiting ships. The leading nationalities of migrants crossing the Mediterranean were Nigerians and Eritreans.