About: Frontex

EU policy snags are ‘encouraging illegal migration’

Shortcomings in the EU effort to return unsuccessful asylum seekers are "encouraging illegal migration" instead of stemming it, the bloc's watchdog institution warned in a report Monday (13 September).
Global Europe 09-09-2021

EU border agency preparing for surge in Afghans seeking asylum in Europe

The EU is preparing for an influx of Afghans seeking asylum, whether or not people flee en masse from the new Taliban government, the chief of the EU border agency said, noting that millions are already displaced in neighbouring countries.
Data protection 27-08-2021

Afghan crisis accelerates automated controls at EU borders

EU and national authorities are increasingly deploying high-tech surveillance systems at the bloc’s external borders, a trend that could accelerate as some countries seek to block refugees arriving from Afghanistan, raising questions about the ethical implications of these technologies. Greece...
Europe's East 18-08-2021

Lithuania accuses Belarus of border violations

A dozen Belarusian officers in riot gear illegally crossed into Lithuanian territory on Tuesday (17 August) while pushing a group of Iraqi migrants over the border, Lithuania's border guard service said.
Digital & Media 13-08-2021

EU border agency trials high tech controls as Afghan fighting spreads

The EU's border agency is trialling new high-tech surveillance equipment to detect migrant boats, just as rapid gains by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have raised the prospect of a surge in people fleeing to Europe.
Europe's East 11-08-2021

Latvia, Lithuania take emergency action over Belarus border

Latvia on Tuesday (10 August) declared a local state of emergency along its border with Belarus, as Lithuanian lawmakers approved the construction of a fence to stem an influx of illegal migrants.

Expanding EU border guard agency is falling short, auditors say

EU border and coast guard agency Frontex has not managed external borders effectively and is not ready for an increased mandate that will see it swell to a force of 10,000 by 2027, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said.

NGOs sue EU’s Frontex for violating migrants’ human rights

Three non-governmental organisations said Tuesday (25 May) they are suing the EU's border protection agency Frontex for violating the human rights of an unaccompanied minor from Burundi and a Congolese woman seeking asylum on the Greek island of Lesbos.

EU adopts strategy on sending irregular migrants back

The EU is looking to plug a big gap in migration policy by boosting measures to have irregular migrants voluntarily returned to their countries under a strategy adopted on Tuesday (27 April).

Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU's borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants, making the job of the EU's border and coast guard agency Frontex more difficult. EURACTIV France reports.

Portugal to meet with Frontex to ensure ‘European law’ is respected

Portugal will organise a meeting with the board of directors and the executive director of Frontex to ensure "European law" and "established rules" are respected, Eduardo Cabrita, Portugal's minister for internal administration, said on Thursday (4 February).

EU’s Frontex says ‘no evidence’ of illegal migrant pushbacks

The managing board of EU border agency Frontex said Thursday (21 January) it did not find evidence of rights violations in cases it reviewed where guards were accused of illegal migrant pushbacks.

EU border chief refuses to quit over pushback claims

The head of the EU border agency will not step down, a Frontex spokesman said, as the force's board met Wednesday (20 January) to air claims guards were involved in illegal migrant pushbacks.
Politics 15-01-2021

Tweets of the Week: Government Resignations, Frontex Uniforms, Luxembourg Affront

Italy and  Estonia looking weak, Frontex fashion wear is on fleek, and Secretary of State cancels trip in fit of pique.  

Migrant crossings down 13% in 2020 due to Covid

The number of illegal border crossings into the European Union fell by 13% to around 124,000 last year, the EU's border agency said Friday (8 January).
Global Europe 02-12-2020

Lawmakers bash EU border agency over alleged migrant pushbacks

Lawmakers in the European Parliament grilled the director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency on Tuesday (1 December) over migrant pushbacks in the Mediterranean, with left-wing political groups calling for his resignation.
Global Europe 11-11-2020

Brussels presses Frontex guards on refugee push-back

The European Commission said Tuesday (10 November) it expects answers this month from the Frontex border agency after allegations that migrants crossing from Turkey towards Greece were pushed back.

Commission calls for meeting with Frontex over alleged ‘push-back incidents’

The European Commission has called for an urgent extraordinary meeting of the Management Board of EU border agency Frontex, which has been accused of "illegal pushbacks" of migrants in the Aegan Sea. EURACTIV's partner Euroefe reports.

A migration pact in the spirit of the German government?

For the first time since 2015, the number of asylum applications filed in the EU rose last year compared to the previous year. The German EU Council Presidency is pressing for reforms to the system, but the Commission's proposals are still some way off. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Migrants return to EU after virus-linked slump

UPDATE: Migration into Europe increased sharply in May following a record low in illegal border crossings the previous month linked to the coronavirus pandemic, Europe's border protection agency said on Wednesday (17 June), giving revised and updated figures.
Global Europe 28-04-2020

Commission, experts call for code of conduct on migrant sea rescues

The EU should stop channeling funds to Libya to manage migration and train its coastguard as it is not a “safe country” for disembarkation of people rescued at sea, MEPs in the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee heard on Monday (27 April).

Rescue group, EU officials dispute fate of 85 sea migrants

Europe's coast guards and rescue agencies were at loggerheads Monday (13 April) about the fate of four dinghies and up to 85 migrants potentially lost at sea after setting off from Libya.

Asylum-seekers in Greece, Italy hotspots face ‘years of limbo’

Asylum-seekers crowded into "hotspots" in Greece and Italy face limbo that can drag on for years because of legal bottlenecks and poorly performing EU schemes, a report said Wednesday (13 November).

A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.