The United Nations said Friday it predicts no end in the flow of refugees moving into Europe, with about 8,000 arrivals coming in daily.
“I don’t see it abating, I don’t see it stopping,” Amin Awad, regional refugee coordinator for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, said to journalists in Geneva. “If anything, it gives an indication perhaps that this is the tip of the iceberg.”
Additionally, escalating conflict in Iraq could send new waves of displaced people to Europe.
Dominik Bartsch, the UN’s deputy humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said the UN is planning for the displacement of 500,000 people from the Iraqi city of Mosul, if Iraqi forces launch an attempt to recapture it from Islamic State, Reuters reported.
“The humanitarian situation is worsening dramatically,” Bartsch said, citing a recent cholera outbreak and estimating that 10 million people will need humanitarian aid by the end of the year, The New York Times reported.
EU leaders have pledged at least $1.1 billion for Syrian refugees in the Middle East and closer cooperation to stem migrant flows into Europe at a summit described as less tense than feared after weeks of feuding.
Most asylum seekers reaching Europe, many on dinghies crossing the Mediterranean or hidden in trucks, are from Syria or Iraq. Others are from Afghanistan, Pakistan and African countries including Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia, Reuters reported.