EU says over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday

April 14, 2015 6:39 PM

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The European Union must quickly adapt to the growing numbers of migrants trying to reach its shores, the EU's top migration official said Tuesday, as new figures showed that more than 7,000 migrants have been plucked from the Mediterranean in the last four days.

"The unprecedented influx of migrants at our borders, and in particular refugees, is unfortunately the new norm and we will need to adjust our responses accordingly," the EU's commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, told lawmakers in Brussels.

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