Friday, June 25, 2021

Frontex & Spanish Police Will Oversee Three Spanish Ports to Prevent Smuggling This Summer

Frontex, the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency, in collaboration with the Spanish National Police, have launched Minerva, an operation that will be carried out in three Spanish ports throughout the summer season.

Frontex provides support every year by adding guard officers to Algeciras, Tarifa, and Ceuta ports, especially looking out for Moroccan people attempting to illegally cross the borders to enter the Spanish territories, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Frontex also arranges forged documents experts and border guards qualified to detect stolen vehicles. The information collected during the operation is crucial to fight against criminal cohorts and future investigations.

This summer, nearly 100 patrolling corps officers from 18 countries will be there to organise the processing of passengers while handling any spontaneous illegalities.

During the summer season, border guards need to control about 10,000 cars and lorries arriving by ferries in the Spanish ports, along with double the amount of documents.

This operation will be running until September 2021.

However, according to the European Cort of Auditors (ECA), Frontex hasn’t been effective enough in helping the EU Member States, and Schengen Area since the border control support offered was not appropriate to fight illegal immigration and other cross-border crime.

Although Frontex’s mission is to address the EU’s border concerns, such as terrorism, trafficking, and migrant smuggling, the report claims that the agency has failed to address these illegalities several times.

Since the agency started operating, its budget marked a gradual increase; starting from €19 million in 2006 to €460 million last year. Frontex recently reported that the figures of people trying to reach Europe have increased by four per cent this March compared to the same period last year, accounting for 5,750 people.

According to Frontex’s report, the number of illegal border crossings at Europe’s external borders indicated a decline of seven per cent during the first quarter of 2021, compared to a year ago figures, to about 24,000, mainly because of the decline in Eastern and Western Mediterranean arrivals.

In March, about 1,000 persons attempted to enter Canary Island illegally, twice more than in March 2020.

During the first three months of 2021, over 3,300 migrants attempted to enter the Canary Islands, more than double compared to the first quarter of 2020. Citizens of Subsaharan Africa, especially those from Mali and Ivory Coast, accounted for the largest number of arrivals.

The number of attempts to enter Europe through the Central Mediterranean has increased by four per cent during March 2021, being 1,800 more compared to the same period last year.



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