The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said yesterday (20 February).
The migrants pouring into Europe have changed routes: the crossing between Turkey and Greece is practically closed, but ever greater numbers are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy.
Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that the EU had learned its lessons from last year’s refugee crisis and that the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency would be a “game changer” in securing the Union’s external borders.
Despite crimes against humanity being commonplace in Eritrea, the EU wants to deal with Eritrea's autocratic regime on a border protection project, using development aid under German leadership. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Protecting the European Union's external borders has become a focal political point of the refugee crisis. The director of the EU's border protection agency, Frontex, has called for a controlled and "credible" system. EURACTIV’s partner treffpunkteuropa.de reports.
NATO’s new mission against illegal people-smugglers in the Mediterranean has drawn criticism from human rights activists, who have highlighted that EU border protection agency Frontex follows different principles when it comes to rescuing people. EURACTIV Germany reports.