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European leaders agree to 100,000 migrant reception spaces; drowning boy saved

By Andrew V. Pestano
European leaders agree to 100,000 migrant reception spaces; drowning boy saved
European leaders on Monday agreed to create 100,000 additional spaces in refugee reception centers to better handle the growing migrant crisis. As part of a European Comission deal, 400 police officers will also be deployed to Slovenia, which is having difficulty with the mass influx of traveling migrants seeking asylum. File photo by Achilleas Zavallis/UPI | License Photo

BRUSSELS, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- European leaders on Monday agreed to create 100,000 additional spaces in refugee reception centers to better handle the growing migrant crisis.

A European Commission summit concluded Greece will open reception centers with enough room to house a capacity of 30,000 migrants by the year's end.

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will provide 20,000 spaces while an additional 50,000 spaces in reception centers will be created in Balkan countries -- Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, etc. -- which are popular routes for migrants attempting to gain asylum in seemingly more desirable countries, such as Germany and the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

As part of the deal, 400 police officers will be deployed to Slovenia, which is having difficulty with the mass influx of traveling migrants seeking asylum.

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Although exact numbers are difficult to determine, more than 650,000 are estimated to have arrived by sea so far in 2015, the International Organization for Migration reports.

Many countries considered as only part of migrants' journeys have allowed migrants to travel onward to their desired destination, generating controversy within European leadership. Less wealthy European countries where migrants have been pouring into are having difficulty dealing with the sheer numbers.

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More than 9,000 migrants arrived in Greece each day last week, the highest rate in 2015.

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A migrant crisis has escalated throughout this year as people flee conflict and poverty mainly from Syria, but also from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Iraq. Migrants have arrived in Europe in often-dangerous journeys through the Mediterranean Sea and by land.

A group of fishermen off the coast of Kusadasi, Turkey, were recently able to rescue 15 migrants after their boat capsized in the cold waters of the Aegean Sea. In the rescue, an 18-month old boy reportedly named Mohammad was saved by a man who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The boy was found nearly lifeless, floating in the sea while wearing a life vest.

"Brother he is alive; he is alive. Brother, he is alive," said someone in a graphic video recording of the rescue. "My God he is alive."

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