Albania signs deal with FRONTEX to curb migration waves

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 8, 2018 16:18

Albania signs deal with FRONTEX to curb migration waves

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  • The agreement allows FRONTEX to coordinate operational cooperation between EU member states and Albania in border management. FRONTEX can now interfere with the external borders of one or more neighboring states with Albania, including intervention in the Albanian territory in coordination with the authorities.

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TIRANA, Oct. 8 – Albania signed an agreement with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency FRONTEX for border management in context of the growing immigration.

The agreement was signed by Albanian Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Austrian Minister of Interior Herbert Kick, whose country has the rotating EU presidency.

This is the first agreement of this kind that the EU signs with third countries.

“This is cornerstone for EU’s international cooperation on the issue of border management. I hope it open the way for even greater cooperation with the entire Balkan region,” Avramopoulos said.

The agreement allows FRONTEX to coordinate operational cooperation between EU member states and Albania in border management. FRONTEX can now interfere with the external borders of one or more neighboring states with Albania, including intervention in the Albanian territory in coordination with the authorities.

The agreement aims to strengthen Albania’s cooperation with EU countries in the area of ​​border management, illegal migration and cross-border crime.

In addition to the big number of asylum seekers registered from Albania, a considerable part of whom have also tried illegal border-crossing, 2018 has also marked increased efforts by third-country nationals to use Albanian territory as a way to reach EU countries. In this context, border police representatives say they have increased control measures in an effort to curb any possible wave of refugees seeking to use Albania as a transit country.

According to Albanian police data, an average of ten migrants – mainly from Syria, but also Yemen, Iraq, Algeria, Libya and Pakistan – are detained in the country every 24 hours. The largest number of migrants is registered in Shkodra, a city close to the Montenegrin border that could lead migrants to EU countries like close-by Croatia.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 8, 2018 16:18