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A migrant hugs his family after safetly arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday. Authorities on the island of Kos have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary centre to issue travel documents to Syrian refugees -- among some 7,000 migrants stranded on the island of about 30,000 people. The early hours are the safest time for migrants travelling from Turkey to the Greek islands just across the water, which have seen a huge influx of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria and chaos in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

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A migrant hugs his family after safely arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday

A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos,  on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe

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A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos, on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed

Migrants from Syria walk on a street along the borderline near Presevo, a southern Serbian border town with Macedonia, in Presevo, Serbia, 15 July 2015. Many migrants are still crossing the border into the European Union via Hungary although Hungarian authorities started building a fence along its border with Serbia on 13 July to stop the flow of migrants. The migrants, among them children and elderly people, hike for weeks trying to cross Macedonia and Serbia. Most are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the African troublespots of Eritrea and Somalia. But Serbia and Macedonia are not the target destinations for migrants, who are finding their way to wealthy countries such as Germany

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Migrants from Syria walk on a street along the borderline near Presevo, a southern Serbian border town with Macedonia, in Presevo, Serbia on Wednesday

Syrian children try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria. Thousands of Syrian and other refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, who find enough courage to make a dangerous journey from their war-ravaged states, often end up in the crammed settlements in the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Greece or Serbia, after being caught on the borders of wealthy Western European nations for attempting to cross illegally.

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Refugee children from Syria try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria

Syrian children play on a tree as they wait for the distribution of food outside a refugee centre in Sofia October 29, 2013.

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Syrian children play on a tree as they wait for the distribution of food outside a refugee centre in Sofia on Tuesday.