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Greece to open up to 5 migrant processing centers over the next weeks, EU says

  • Migrants and refugees wait outside a fence of  the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Saturday Oct. 10, 2015. Greece’s first “hotspot,” or migrant processing center, will open over the next 10 days, allowing migrants to be flown to other European Union countries, mostly of their preference, and have their asylum applications processed there, European Union officials say.  (AP Photo/Antonis Pasvantis)

    Migrants and refugees wait outside a fence of the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Saturday Oct. 10, 2015. Greece’s first “hotspot,” or migrant processing center, will open over the next 10 days, allowing migrants to be flown to other European Union countries, mostly of their preference, and have their asylum applications processed there, European Union officials say. (AP Photo/Antonis Pasvantis)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, center, sits between migrants and refugees at the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Saturday Oct. 10, 2015. Greece’s first “hotspot,” or migrant processing center, will open over the next 10 days, allowing migrants to be flown to other European Union countries, mostly of their preference, and have their asylum applications processed there, European Union officials say.  (AP Photo/Antonis Pasvantis)

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, center, sits between migrants and refugees at the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Saturday Oct. 10, 2015. Greece’s first “hotspot,” or migrant processing center, will open over the next 10 days, allowing migrants to be flown to other European Union countries, mostly of their preference, and have their asylum applications processed there, European Union officials say. (AP Photo/Antonis Pasvantis)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, second left, visits the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Saturday Oct. 10, 2015. Greece’s first “hotspot,” or migrant processing center, will open over the next 10 days, allowing migrants to be flown to other European Union countries, mostly of their preference, and have their asylum applications processed there, European Union officials say.  (AP Photo/Antonis Pasvantis)

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, second left, visits the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Saturday Oct. 10, 2015. Greece’s first “hotspot,” or migrant processing center, will open over the next 10 days, allowing migrants to be flown to other European Union countries, mostly of their preference, and have their asylum applications processed there, European Union officials say. (AP Photo/Antonis Pasvantis)  (The Associated Press)

European Union officials say that Greece's first migrant processing center will open over the next 10 days, allowing migrants and refugees to be flown to other EU countries — mostly of their preference — and have their asylum applications processed there.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner, said the first center will open on the island of Lesbos, with up to four more on other Greek islands. Tens of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty have landed in Greece, the main gateway of migrants crossing into the EU from neighboring Turkey. Most want to travel on to other European countries like Germany.

Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn, who traveled to Italy and Greece with Avramopoulos, said it was extremely important to strengthen Europe's external borders.