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The Latest: Greek PM Tsipras invites island mayors for emergency meeting on refugee crisis

  • People queue in order to board a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were allowed to board vessels in Mytilene on Friday, as Greek ferries ended a strike that had left them trapped on eastern Aegean islands. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    People queue in order to board a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were allowed to board vessels in Mytilene on Friday, as Greek ferries ended a strike that had left them trapped on eastern Aegean islands. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • People queue in order to board a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were allowed to board vessels in Mytilene on Friday, as Greek ferries ended a strike that had left them trapped on eastern Aegean islands. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    People queue in order to board a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were allowed to board vessels in Mytilene on Friday, as Greek ferries ended a strike that had left them trapped on eastern Aegean islands. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • People queue in order to board a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were allowed to board vessels in Mytilene on Friday, as Greek ferries ended a strike that had left them trapped on eastern Aegean islands. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    People queue in order to board a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were allowed to board vessels in Mytilene on Friday, as Greek ferries ended a strike that had left them trapped on eastern Aegean islands. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

The latest on the flow of refugees and other migrants cross Europe in search of a new life. All times local.

11:30 a.m.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has invited mayors of eastern Aegean islands bearing the brunt of the current refugee influx to Athens for an emergency meeting on how to deal with the crisis.

The meeting, scheduled for midday Friday, was also to be attended by the north and south Aegean regional governors as well as mayors and religious officials from the islands of Lesbos, Samos, Kos, Leros and Chios, and government officials.

Greece is the main gateway into the European Union for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty at home. The vast majority arrive after a short but dangerous sea journey to Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast and then head to the mainland and on to more prosperous northern EU countries through the Balkans.

Hundreds have drowned, including many children, when their overcrowded and unseaworthy boats have sunk or capsized.