The European Union (EU) and European governments collectively failed at handling the refugee crisis in 2015, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday in a report on European migration.
The report criticizes European governments for making the path for millions of refugees to Europe more difficult, thereby increasing risks along the way.
"[The year 2015] will be remembered as the year in which Europe catastrophically failed in its responsibility to respond to the urgent needs of assistance and protection of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people," the report said.
"The European Union's deterrence and anti-immigration policies – developed over the last 15 years and further strengthened in 2015 – have increased the demand for migrant-smuggling networks and pushed people towards ever more dangerous routes which jeopardize their health and lives," the MSF report said.
The report is based on statements from witnesses and patients of the organization as well as medical data from 2015.