Frontex Launches New Operation on Greek Islands With More Staff and Vessels

frontexFrontex, the European Union‘s border patrol agency, announced that it has deployed additional staff and equipment to Greek islands for improved external border management in the Aegean Sea.

The agency reported that under the new Rapid Poseidon Intervention program, 293 Frontex staff members and 15 vessels arrived at the Greek islands on Monday, following Greece’s request for additional help.

“Poseidon Rapid Intervention replaces the Joint Operation Poseidon Sea with a higher number of officers who will assist in the identification and fingerprinting of arriving migrants, along with interpreters and forged document experts. Poseidon Rapid Intervention aims to provide Greece with additional technical assistance aiming to strengthen its border surveillance, registration and identification capacity,” Frontex’s announcement notes.

Staff deployments will rise to 400 at some point according to Frontex, while more vessels as well as cars and other equipment will also be sent to Greece.

“It should be noted that while participation in Frontex Joint Operations is voluntary, Member States are obliged to send border guards for rapid operational assistance deployments, unless they themselves face an exceptional situation substantially affecting the discharge of national tasks,” the report claims.