Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the witnesses for being here. I also have two University of Toronto students in the back who are observing today.
Thank you for your presentation, your initial speech. It was excellent and very well articulated. You mentioned that the EU received 3.4 million asylum seekers. That is the largest migration since the Second World War.
The International Migration Report 2017 from the UN concentrated mostly on economic migrants. I'm going to show you some of the numbers because we're discussing migration trends around the world and understanding what Canada is facing in the future.
In 2000, we had 173 million worldwide economic migrants; in 2010, we had 220 million; and in 2017, we had 258 million. In your testimony, you mentioned Africa and the reason a lot of these migrants are leaving is because there are not stable economic conditions to prosper and flourish. We're not just seeing that in Africa, but we're seeing that in various places, and the numbers indicate that there are many migrants travelling all over.
I wanted to get to a specific country and understand in an EU state what the scope of these conditions is meaning. How many migrants were accepted in the EU last year? What are those numbers in Germany and how do they compare to other EU countries? We want to have a comparison to see what Germany has done and some examples we can learn from.