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The European migrant crisis, which had its start in 2013 with the arrival of an exceptionally large number of migrants and refugees in Europe, was characterized by the greatest mass displacement of individuals since the Second World War.

Earlier in March, the Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos made definite comments regarding the phenomenon[1], stating it was no longer a reality. This was motivated by the spread of “misinformation and untruths” in campaigns for the 2019 European Elections which were focusing on migration policy. Particularly, it came as a response to Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister and leader of the nationalist Fidesz party,  who launched in February a campaign containing misleading claims regarding migration and several other subjects[2].

 

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[1] https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/migration-crisis-is-over-says-eu-chief/

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/06/eu-declares-migration-crisis-over-hits-out-fake-news-european-commission

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