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The Latest: Greece rescues 1,624 migrants in 3 days in nearly 50 incidents

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, third right, speaks with refugees and migrants who have just arrived, on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Sunday Oct. 11, 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, third right, speaks with refugees and migrants who have just arrived, on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Sunday Oct. 11, 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)

Developments as tens of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in their homelands embark on a quest to seek safety in Europe. All times local.

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Greek authorities say they have rescued a total 1,624 refugees and economic migrants who entered the country in dozens of frail boats from neighboring Turkey over the past three days.

The coastguard said Monday that the migrants were picked up at sea in 47 incidents near Greece's eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Kos, Chios, Samos, Leros, Agathonissi and Farmakonissi.

Greece is the main entry point to the European Union for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The vast majority pay criminal gangs to smuggle them to the eastern islands.