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US News Greece: More than 100 refugee boats returned to Frontex inserts

09:25  10 april  2021
09:25  10 april  2021 Source:   spiegel.de

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Frontex already has more than 500 officers in Greece , as well as 11 vessels and other equipment. “The presence of 100 officers from all around Europe underlines the fact that the protection of the European area of freedom, security and justice is a shared responsibility of all member states,” Frontex quoted its executive director, Fabrice Leggeri, as having said during the launch of the operation in the Greek town of Orestiada.

This article is more than 4 years old. Two boats carrying 131 people from Lesbos and a third carrying 66 from Chios arrive at Turkish port of Dikili. Officials from the EU border agency Frontex said the Lesbos boats were carrying mostly Pakistanis who were already being deported to Turkey before the deal’s creation. As such Monday’s deportations are not a true test of whether the agreement can stop the flow of mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis to Greece .

The Greek coastal guard drags systematically fled on the open sea, Frontex helps. An internal statistics of the EU Border Protection Agency illustrates the extent of the rights.

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For missions of the European Border Guarantee FRONTEX in the Aegean Sea, Greek emergency services have been "intercepted" since March last year 132 refugee boats. This is out of the answer of the Federal Government to a request of the left deputies Ulla Jelpke . The Federal Government in turn refers to a non-public Frontex statistics so far.

of the mirror had detected in October with Lighthouse Reports, BellingCat, TV Asahi and »Report Mainz« that Frontex is involved in the Aegean Sea in illegal pushbacks: in the Mediterranean region, European emergency services have stopped refugee boats in Greek waters for a year and Hand the Greek Coast Guard. This destroys the motors of the boats and drags the asylum seekers back in Turkish waters. Often, people, including small children and pregnant women, are exposed to inflatable rescue islands - without chance to reach the coast out of their own. The UN-refugee aid is now from hundreds of such pushback .

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Experts have questioned the legality of EU border agency Frontex sending officers to the Greek -Turkish border. Thousands have massed on the frontier after Ankara said it could no longer stop refugees in Turkey from heading to Europe. Frontex , which manages the European Union's external borders, is The EU Border and Coast Guard Agency -- last reformed (in terms of statute changes) in 2019 -- will deploy 100 more guards to the Greek land border and provide additional equipment for the Greek coast guard such as two surveillance planes, two boats , seven aircraft, one helicopter and four

Pushbacks are considered contrary to international refugee protection agreements that say people shouldn't be expelled or returned to a country where their life and safety might be in danger due to their race, religion, nationality or membership in a social or political group. The Berlin-based rights group Mare Liberum also said in January it had documented 321 incidents from March to December 2020 involving more than 9,000 people. Mare Liberum's report said that in addition to the Greek coast guard, Frontex and ships under NATO command were also involved in "systematic and illegal expulsions."

Frontex boss Fabrice Leggeri defends the rights left . German Bundestag Members insured by the Frenchman in the interior committee that it is a legal "intercepting" of the boats Handle, the Greece practiced since March 2020. The procedure was covered by the Frontex regulations. These see under certain conditions that officials can ask the boat captain to change the course.

Commission contradicts Leggeris legal opinion

lawyers see that differently. Even the EU Commission emphasizes that border officers must adhere to their controls in commitments resulting from European and international law. Each interponation has the right to an individual examination of personal circumstances, collective outlets are banned, border officials should not be hazarded in danger, states in the analysis of the Commission, which is the mirror. She lists only well-known legal principles, but still reads like a slap for Leggeri.

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The Greek authorities say 130 of those returned to Turkey on Monday were from Pakistan. There were 42 migrants from Afghanistan and others from Iran, Sri Lanka and Morocco, as well as several other countries. Two Syrians were on board, and the Greek authorities insisted that those deported only Under the EU-Turkish deal, migrants arriving illegally in Greece are expected to be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected. Shortly after the returns started, Greek coast officials rescued two boats near Lesbos with more than 50 migrants, including children and a woman

Refugees and migrants in Greece trying to reach western Europe have accused EU border protection agency Frontex of taking part in illegal deportations known as "pushbacks." DW reports. Yet it is worthwhile taking a look at another part of Greece 's border. While military and police officers are omnipresent at the Greek -Turkish border and are supported by Frontex staff, you seldom encounter any uniforms in the mountains between Greece and Albania. As a result, this route is regarded as safe by refugees and migrants who want to travel onward to western Europe via Greece .

investigators searched Leggeris Office

Since the revelations of the mirror and his partner, Leggeri is heavily under pressure. At the beginning of December, investigators of the European anti-bug authority OLAF broke his office. Among other things, they examine whether the Frontex boss of the Fundamental Rights Officer of the Agency has withhold information. The European Parliament refuses to confirm the proper use of the Frontex budget. Actually, this so-called relief is a routine process.

The MEPs have also set up an own test group . For four months, the role of Frontex should be examined in the pushbacks in the Aegean Sea. Green, left and social democrats require leggers withdraw.

also German MPs feel guided by Leggeri in the misleading. "In the Aegean, there is obviously an unlawful pushback practice with the involvement of Frontex," says the Left Deputy Jelpke. "That the Federal Government is not clear for this purpose is unacceptable. The Federal Police and Frontex have long since had to be withdrawn from the Aegean Sea. "

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