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Frontex is the common name for the European Agency for the Management of Operational Coordination at the External Frontiers of the Member States of the European Union. The term Frontex derives from the French for external borders, frontières extérieures. The agency's work is based around improving and strengthening border security systems at the land and sea borders of the European Union. In the words of the agency itself, "the activities of Frontex are intelligence driven. Frontex complements and provides particular added value to the national border management systems of the Member States."

The purpose of this observatory is to analyse and document the role and activities of Frontex. It is divided into six main sections, covering:
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