Deportation Union: the role of Frontex


Join Statewatch and the Transnational Institute (TNI) on Monday 14 December for the third and final webinar in the series covering Statewatch’s report ‘Deportation Union: Rights, accountability and the EU's push to increase forced removals’.

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You can find Mariana Gkliati's presentation here (pdf).


We will examine how the role of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, continues to grow, focusing in particular on the financing, coordination and carrying out of forced removal operations.

Do the new powers granted to the agency have sufficient transparency and accountability mechanisms? What is the agency’s impact on human rights? And what does the EU's new Pact on Migration and Asylum have to say about deportations and the role of Frontex?

To explore these questions, we will be joined by:

  • Andreas Pottakis, Greek Ombudsman, to discuss the creation of the Nafplio Initiative, an independent mechanism for the external monitoring of forced returns by the EU, and other issues relating to Greece.
  • Mariana Gkliati, legal specialist on human rights in the area of asylum and migration, to discuss Frontex’s accountability and legal responsibility
  • Jane Kilpatrick, Statewatch researcher, to discuss how the role of Frontex in deportations from the EU has grown since 2019.

Join us at 14:30 CET (13:30 in the UK) on Monday 14 December. Sign up here.

Read the report here.

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