I start off two sentences with "in" and it really irks me. Is this okay, does it sound bad? Any recommendations on how to reword the beginning of my sentences would be appreciated.
"In response to the current geopolitical crises plaguing the Middle East, specifically the Syrian Civil War, the war in Afghanistan, and instability in Iraq, the countries of Western Europe have experienced a substantial influx of refugees. In 2015 over a million migrants crossed into Europe seeking asylum, a number unprecedented in recent history."
I thought of changing the second sentence to "Over a million crossed into Europe seeking asylum in 2015, a number unprecedented in recent history," but after I read it, the flow felt worse.