EU boosts plan to step up external borders control

BRUSSELS, Dec. 16 (MNA) – The European Commission (EC) boosted a project aimed at strengthening control of external borders of the regional bloc in the countries overcrowded by migration flow, through the creation of a border guard and a coastal one.

The initiative seeks to increase security in external limits aimed at protecting the internal ones and thus safeguard the Schengen space of free movement within the European Union.

Amid a refugees crisis considered the worse since the World War II, some States such as Germany and Austria decided to re-establish border controls temporarily, in order to limit the entry of people from abroad.

The institutions of the group of the 28 considered the situation a threat to the Schengen area, defended as one of the pillars of the regional body.

For today is expected that the EC will submit the project to the European Parliament as part of the initiatives aimed at facing migration flow.

According to a report issued Tuesday by the European Agency for the Control of External Borders (Frontex), from January to November this year more than 715,000 undocumented immigrants entered the so-called old continent through the coast of Greece, a figure which is 16 times higher than in the same period of 2014.

The study confirms that Syria remains the most frequent nationality, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq.

On the other hand, the border guard of Greece today launched a joint operation with its counterparts from Turkey to try to find six missing after a shipwreck in the Aegean Sea.

Turkish Coast Guard managed to save 17 undocumented immigrants, who warned of the disappearance of the other six.

 

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