More than 63,000 migrants who applied for European Union asylum claimed to be unaccompanied minors in 2016.

The figure, released by the EU’s statistical agency, revealed that of the tens of thousands to enter Europe last year, two thirds said they were 16 or 17-year-old men.

More than half of the 63,000 flooding into mainland Europe to flee war in their home nations came from Afghanistan and Syria.

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