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Greece urges Frontex not to pull out of the country

Greece’s new minister for migration said Monday he would consider it “unthinkable” for the European Union to pull out its border protection force from the country, and promised to address a growing list of international grievances over dealing with migrants. A dispute between Greece’s government and the EU border agency …

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Greek Ombudsman probes illegal pushback of Frontex Interpreter

The Greek Ombudsman announced on Wednesday that it launches an investigation into the complaint about the illegal pushback of a Frontex interpreter from Greece to Turkey. The Constitutional independent authority added that it has received a formal complain from the EU border agency. A Frontex employee has claimed that he …

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Frontex preparing for Afghans already abroad to try to reach 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. In an interview, Fabrice Leggeri, director-general of border agency Frontex, …

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Greece proposes Frontex be allowed to operate beyond EU borders

Returning unapproved asylum seekers to their home countries could become an easier task if European border patrol agency Frontex could operate outside of European borders, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Wednesday. Speaking virtually with German Deputy Minister for Migration Stephan Mayer, Mitarakis added that bilateral agreements with other …

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European Parliament launches inquiry into Frontex & “violations of fundamental rights”

The European Parliament has launched an inquiry into “respect of fundamental rights” by the European Borders Agency Frontex. The new EP Frontex Scrutiny Working Group (FSWG) formally began its work on Tuesday 23 February with the appointment of its Chair and a rapporteur, the EP said in a statement issued …

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FRONTEX Chief urged to resign over pushbacks following EP hearing

European Union lawmakers lashed out Tuesday at the head of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri over allegations that the border and coast guard agency helped illegally stop migrants or refugees entering Europe, calling for his resignation and demanding an independent inquiry. The lawmakers grilled Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri over an investigation in …

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Migration flows to Greece dropped 74% , says Frontex

Refugee and migration flows to Greece dropped 74%pct in the first ten months of 2020, compared to flows registered in the same period in 2019, says a report released on Thursday by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. Some 17,000 crossings into Greece were recorded between January and …

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Frontex launches internal inquiry into illegal pushbacks in the Aegean

European border agency Frontex has launched an internal investigation into press reports of alleged illegal pushbacks of migrants and refugees in the Aegean Sea. A relevant TV report broadcasted on Tuesday at German public broadcaster ARD not only displayed footage but also featured among others eye-witness accounts by Greek islanders …

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Turkey harasses fishermen boat, Frontex vessel, F-16s fly over Greek islands

Turkey has increased its provocations by air and at the sea on Thursday, by harassing Greek fishermen and a Frontex vessel from Finland in the eastern Aegean Sea, while fighter jets overflew Greek islets and even the island of Patmos. A Turkish Coast Guard patrol boat entered Greek territorial waters …

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Frontex expects fresh wave of migrants at Greece’s Evros border

European Union border agency Frontex expects a fresh wave of migrants seeking to cross Evros, the land border between Turkey and Greece, German daily Die Welt reports on Friday. The daily cites an internal agency report by the Frontex Situation Center, dated May 5,according to which the wave is expected …

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Turkish soldier fires at German Frontex officers at Greece’s Evros border

A dangerous incident took place at the Evros border netween Turkey and Greece, when Turkish soldiers fired warning shot and then aimed at German officers patrolling with border with Greece. According to an exclusive story by German magazine Der Spiegel the incident took place on April 28. Frontex has deployed …

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Frontex deploys additional 100 border guards at Greece’s land border

Frontex has deployed an additional 100 border guards at the Greek land border as part of a rapid border intervention following a request by Greece. Border guards from 22 member-state arrived on Thursday in the region of Evros. Member States will also provide technical equipment, including vessels, maritime surveillance aircraft …

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Germany sends 1 helicopter, 20 policemen to boost Frontex in Greece

Germany is dispatching to Athens one helicopter and twenty police officers to boost the guarding of the Greek-Turkish border, the German Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.  The police officers will join the EU’s Frontex border control force in Greece, where another sixty German police officers are already posted. Two German …

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Frontex implicated in migrant abuse in Greece Bulgaria, Hungary

New reports place the EU border agency Frontex at scenes of brutality against migrants. The border guards of Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary have been found to be especially brutal. German and British media published reports on Monday that place the European Union border agency Frontex at the scene of illegal …

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Frontex pictures from the rescue operation of Russian tourist drifted off Crete

The Frontex has released pictures from the rescue operation of the Russian tourist who was drifted away in the sea while on an air mattress. The missing for 20 hours. The 55-year-old Russian national was spotted by Frontex border patrol aircraft and was rescued by the Greek Coast Guard. She …

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Frontex sees a 90% increase of asylum-seekers entering Greece from land border to Turkey

In the first five months of 2018  Greece has been Europe’s top entry point for refugees and migrants. According to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontext, over 19,800 people entered Greece during January – May 2018. At the same time, the land border crossing from Turkey to Greece …

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