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Weekend Reads Criticism of European border protection agency: Frontex is said to be involved in illegal rejections of migrants

01:15  24 october  2020
01:15  24 october  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The European Border and Coast Guard Agency , also known as Frontex (from French: Frontières extérieures for "external borders "), is an agency of the European Union headquartered in Warsaw

Europe ’s external borders have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of migrants and refugees wishing to enter the EU in recent years. Frontex reimburses the deployment costs of border guards and the cost of transportation, fuel and the basic maintenance of the equipment during deployment.

According to a report, a video shows how a Frontex ship blocks a refugee boat. Left in the EU Parliament are calling for the Frontex boss to be dismissed.

Flüchtlinge in einem Schlauchboot auf dem Mittelmeer. © Photo: DPA Refugees in an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean Sea.

According to a media report, the European border protection agency Frontex is involved in illegal rejections of migrants by the Greek coast guard. This was the result of a joint research published on Friday by the ARD political magazine "Report Mainz", the magazine "Spiegel", "Lighthouse Reports", "Bellingcat" and the Japanese television station TV Asahi. Frontex officials have been demonstrably close to at least six of the so-called pushbacks in the Aegean since April, the media reported.

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Frontex only rudimentarily resembles a European border police force and certainly does not create a Frontex ’s operational powers have been steadily increased. The agency now carries out But the criticism of paramilitarism would only be fair if the agency conducted operations without sufficient

Alongside the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), Frontex collects and shares information to be used to detect illegal fishing. The agency can process personal data of persons suspected of involvement in criminal activities, such as migrant smuggling, terrorism or trafficking in human beings.

Videos can be seen how a Frontex ship blocks an refugee boat and in another scene drives past him at high speed and creates waves instead of saving the people . The media then reported that the Greek coast guard pushed the rubber dinghy back towards Turkey.

discussions with Frontex employees and internal documents also suggested that they should fine-tune their reports before they are sent to Frontex headquarters in Warsaw. Frontex did not deny the individual incidents on "Spiegel" request. Instead, the agency said the officials protect the fundamental rights of migrants and respect the right of non-refoulement. The Greek government denied the allegations, according to the report, saying it was complying with the law and not making illegal rejections.

The Left in the EU Parliament demanded the dismissal of Frontex boss Fabrice Leggeri after the allegations became known. Research by the media companies shows that Frontex was not only aware of the illegal rejections, but was complicit, said German MEP Cornelia Ernst. Leggeri lied to the EU Parliament and claimed that the agency was not aware of any pushbacks. (AFP)

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