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As Others Slam The Door, Spain's New Government Opens Arms To Migrant Ships

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Migrants wait to disembark from the rescue ship Aquarius in the Sicilian harbor of Catania, Italy, on May 27. This past weekend the ship picked up more migrants, but was turned away from ports in Sicily and the nearby country of Malta. Now it will head for Spain instead. Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters hide caption

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The Aquarius, a former North Atlantic fisheries protection ship now used by humanitarian groups SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), is seen in December 2017 during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. The rescue ship was stranded this weekend after Italy and Malta refused to allow it to dock. Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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African migrants sitting in a shelter at the Tariq Al-Matar migrant detention center on the outskirts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Monday. Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry gestures Sunday during a news conference at Villa Borsig, Berlin, with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier about the ongoing crisis in Syria. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Syrian refugee woman cries by one of her children as she and family members arrive in an overcrowded dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast, on Saturday. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A vonlunteer hands over care bags to refugees at the Central Registration Office for Asylum Seekers in Berlin Monday. The numbers of migrants have spiked since Sept. 4, when Austria and Germany threw open their borders and eased travel restrictions to allow in thousands who had made it to Hungary, which has balked at the influx. Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Abdullah Kurdi, holds the body of his 3-year-old son, Aylan Kurdi, during the burial of the boy, his brother Friday and his mother at a funeral in Kobane, Syria. Dicle News Agency/EPA/Landov hide caption

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For Family Of Drowned Syrian Boy, 'There Was No Other Hope,' Uncle Says

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French Port City Becomes Final Way Station For Some Migrants' Odysseys

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Migrants on a dinghy head to the Greek island of Lesvos last Thursday. Some 48,000 migrants have landed on Greek shores so far this year, with about half coming to Lesvos, a popular vacation spot for European tourists. Some islanders and tourists are assisting the migrants, many of whom are camping in the open. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On A Greek Island, Vacationers Lend A Hand To Migrants

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Some 800 migrants from the Middle East arrive at the Greek port of Piraeus on Sunday. Smugglers are charging thousands of dollars to take migrants across the Mediterranean, and prices can vary widely. Children are often allowed to travel for free. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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An ancient city at the mouth of the Mediterranean, Ceuta marks its 600th anniversary this year as a European territory. But changing demographics have some people wondering whether the Spanish territory in North Africa should return to local African rule. Here, rooftops in a poor Muslim neighborhood in the city. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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A Foot In Africa, A Foot In Europe: Divide Grows Wider In Ceuta

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Migrants arriving at the Lampedusa island harbor aboard an Italian Coast Guard ship early Sunday. Ships rescued 3,690 migrants in just one day from smugglers' boats on the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard says. Mauro Buccarello/AP hide caption

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Soldiers in Malta carry coffins during a funeral service for 24 migrants who drowned while trying to reach southern Italy. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Malta's Coast Guard Rescues Migrants — And Feels The Strain

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Migrants wait to disembark at the Catania harbor in southern Italy on April 24. In recent weeks, hundreds of migrants leaving Libya have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European countries, including Italy, Spain and Greece. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards' Tolerance

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Mohammed Ali Malek is seen at Catania's tribunal, on Friday. Italian prosecutors blamed the captain of a grossly overloaded fishing boat for a collision that capsized and sank his vessel off Libya, drowning hundreds of migrants. Antonio Parrinello/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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In this photo made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, on Wednesday. Alessandro Di Meo/AP hide caption

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