Fron­tex calls for 775 bor­der guards

EU seeks ways to con­tain mi­gra­tion flows as re­lo­ca­tion pro­gram is set for launch

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Fron­tex, the Euro­pean Union’s bor­der pro­tec­tion agency, yesterday called for the de­ploy­ment of 775 ad­di­tional guards to deal with mount­ing pres­sure on the bloc’s ex­ter­nal fron­tier. The bor­der guards, who are set to join the Fron­tex Joint Oper­a­tions Po­sei­don and Tri­ton, will be mainly tasked with doc­u­ment­ing refugees and mi­grants trav­el­ing to­ward Europe and, sec­on­dar­ily, with mon­i­tor­ing land and sea borders. Ac­cord­ing to sources, an es­ti­mated 600 staff will be posted across Greece’s “hotspots.” Op­er­at­ing un­der the Po­sei­don um­brella, these cen­ters will help register and fin­ger­print new ar­rivals and start the process of re­lo­cat­ing Syr­i­ans and oth­ers likely to be granted refugee sta­tus in other EU states. Mean­while, the Euro­pean Asy­lum Sup­port Of­fice (EASO), an EU agency, called for 374 ad­di­tional ex­perts to be de­ployed in Greece and Italy to sup­port asy­lum pro­ce­dures in the two coun­tries. The tasks of these ex­perts will in­clude joint pro­cess­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, sup­port in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­lo­ca­tion mea­sures, sup­port with the reg­is­tra­tion process and sup­port in the de­tec­tion of pos­si­ble doc­u­ments fraud. A refugee re­lo­ca­tion pro­gram is set to launch in Greece and Italy in the com­ing days. Mean­while, se­nior EU of­fi­cials met with Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cept Tayyip Er­do­gan in Brus­sels to dis­cuss a Euro­pean Com­mis­sion plan to con­tain mi­gra­tion flows that would see Ankara join Greek coast guard pa­trols in the eastern Aegean. Ac­cord­ing to the plan, de­tailed in a Frank­furter All­ge­meine Son­ntagszeitung re­port, Tur­key would build six EU-funded camps to ac­com­mo­date up to 2 mil­lion peo­ple. EU of­fi­cials de­nied the re­ports.

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