EU-GREECE-TURKEY: EU sending 175 armed guards to Greek-Turkish border

EU sending 175 armed guards to Greek-Turkish border (euobserver, link): "One hundred and seventy five armed border guards from 25 European countries are to be deployed next Tuesday (2 November) on the Greek-Turkish border for a mission of two months, in a bid to help Athens stem the inflow of undocumented migrants, a move causing concern in the UN's refugee body.... The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) expressed concern about the border crackdown on migrants who may be entitled to asylum. In a statement, the UNHCR said it recognises the need for control of the EU's external border but warned that "asylum needs should not be compromised.""

People entering the EU have the right to claim asylum, it will be interesting to see how many are allowed to do so during this operation.

See: Frontex: Frontex Executive Director signs decision to deploy RABITs (pdf), Frontex to deploy 175 specialist border control personnel to Greece (pdf), Frontex deploys Rapid Border Intervention Teams to Greece (pdf) and Frontex Press Kit: Rapid Border Intervention Teams (pdf)


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