europe migrant crisis
For many people, the island is the first glimpse of Europe after crossing the Aegean Sea.
The children’s plight has triggered a diplomatic row between Paris and London, with tensions intensifying after President Hollande pressed Britain to accept its share of responsibility for the minors.
The rate of recorded deaths in the Mediterranean has risen sharply this year, with more than 3,740 migrants drowning on their way to Europe.
At least 50 people also died trying to make the dangerous crossing.
President Francois Hollande called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain.
Thousands have been saved in harrowing rescue missions over the last two days.
"People need to realize that refugees are here, around us, and they’re people just like us, trying to build a life.”
Aid groups warn that forcing hundreds of thousands of refugees out would create instability and a humanitarian disaster.
The more dangerous crossing to Europe has become increasingly popular after Europe closed its land borders and sent people back from Greece.