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Many are left with no option but to attempt the extreme, like cross a river in sub-zero temperatures.
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They were traveling towards Italy in poorly-made rubber dinghies.
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President Hollande is pressing Britain to accept its share of responsibility for the minors.
The president says French authorities evacuated 5,000 people from the camp, but there are 1,500 unaccompanied minors left.
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As Europe shuts out refugees and migrants, this Italian doctor has been welcoming them year after year.
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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.
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One in 47 attempting the Libya-Italy route does not survive.
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Hungary's referendum on migrant quotas failed to legally exempt the country from resettlement plans.
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President Francois Hollande called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain.
At least 600 Egyptian, Syrian and African migrants were aboard the boat.
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Organisations had been warning of deplorable conditions and slow-moving asylum claims on Lesbos for months.
It's been dubbed 'The Great Wall Of Calais'.
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Some 500 people were saved in three rescue missions on Tuesday.
Around one in 10 refugees traveling through Europe is pregnant.