FRONTEX

EU countries struggle to return migrants to other countries

Countries in the European Union struggled with returning migrants to third countries with less than 60 per cent of return decisions implemented in 2016, the EU border protection agency Frontex said in a report Wednesday.

Frontex officers begin patrolling Greek-Macedonian border

Officers from European border agency Frontex have begun patrolling the border between Greece and Macedonia, Frontex said Friday.

EU agency: Italy faced record sea migrant arrivals last month

Nearly 27,500 migrants arrived in Italy in October, an all-time monthly record fuelled by favourable weather conditions, the European Union's border agency Frontex said Wednesday.

Migrant rescues close to Libya pose security risk, EU agency says

Migrants adrift in the Mediterranean are being picked up "closer and closer" to Libyan waters, exposing rescue vessels to greater security risks, the head of the European Union's border and coast guard agency Frontex warned Wednesday.

Frontex director impressed by Croatian army and police exercise

A three-hour simulation exercise of Croatian military and police forces was held in the naval port of Lora in Split on Tuesday, with Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of the newly-established European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), which co-organised the event, describing the exercise as impressive.  

Meeting on int'l cooperation in border protection held in Split

A meeting on cooperation in maritime security and border protection was held in Split on Monday ahead of tomorrow's joint demonstration exercise in Split's waters on migrant reception and assistance and the terror threat.

EU launches ramped-up border and coast guard agency

The European Union formally ramped up its Frontex border agency on Thursday, giving it more powers to control migrant flows and protect the bloc's external frontiers following a surge last year in arrivals.

Interior minister: Croatia is part of humane solution to migrant crisis

Croatia is part of a humane solution to the migration crisis and will continue to take in migrants in accordance with its commitments, Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said in the eastern border town of Tovarnik on Friday.

Italy: 10,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in 48 hours

About 3,000 migrants were picked up Tuesday from the central Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said, raising to around 10,000 the rescue tally over the past 48 hours.

Reports: Islamic State members named in papers found in Libya

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government found documents containing the names of some leaders and members of Islamic State when they liberated the city of Sirte, reports in the Libyan and Italian media said Saturday, citing unnamed military officials.

Migrant arrivals to Italy up 12 per cent in July, EU's Frontex says

Italy recorded almost 25,300 migrant arrivals in July, an increase of 12 per cent from the same month of 2015, the European Union's border agency Frontex said Friday.

EP endorses establishment of European Border and Coast Guard

Plans to set up an integrated EU border management system, with a flagship European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) agency, bringing together Frontex and national border management authorities, were endorsed by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

EU strikes deal on ramped-up border and coast guard agency

The European Union moved closer to strengthening control of its external frontiers on Wednesday, following last year's migration surge, with EU governments and lawmakers agreeing to give the bloc's border agency more powers.

More migrants reached Italy than Greece in April, Frontex says

More migrants reached Italy than Greece in April, the EU border agency Frontex says, with the trend switching for the first time since June 2015 on the back of a migration-stemming deal between the European Union and Turkey.

Central European countries seek military reinforcement for Frontex

The EU border agency Frontex is not yet strong enough and should therefore be backed up with a new civilian-military mission to protect borders and extradite migrants, defence ministers of several Central European countries propose.

Croatian police ship joints Frontex operation

Frontex launched Poseidon Rapid Intervention on 28 December, replacing the Joint Operation Poseidon Sea with a larger number of officers and technical equipment to support Greece in handling the unprecedented number of migrants arriving on its islands.

New group of Croatian police going to Greece as part of Frontex

Asked by Hina about Croatian police participation in Frontex, Ostojic said Croatia would continue to participate in the Poseidon and Triton operations, and that it was also present on the Macedonian border with equipment and experts.

Milanovic: Idea of new EU border guard interesting

Milanovic made the statement at the conclusion of the EU summit on the establishment of setting up a border and coast guard in an effort to save Schengen.

Slovenian, Serbian, Macedonian and Greek police for stricter refugee control

Slovenia undertook to obtain greater support from EU members for that idea. The EU's external borders agency Frontex should also be involved in its implementation.

Frontex personnel to be deployed on Croatian-Serbian border

Frontex personnel should be deployed in Sid, a town in Serbia close to the border with Croatia, and help control border entries and registration of refugees.

Economic migrants to be separated from refugees in Greece

All EU countries would be involved in the operation of hot spots and their task would be to register and distinguish refugees from economic migrants on entry from Turkey.