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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Joint sea operations

Joint sea operation on migration flows by FRONTEX ready to be launched in the Mediterranean, by MaltaMedia News:

In a statement released by the European Commission, Vice President Franco Frattini stated that the joint sea operation on tackling migration flows to the Canary Islands, HERA-II, is ready to be launched. No specific dates have yet been confirmed on when the patrols in Maltese waters are due to begin. The operations will be co-ordinated by FRONTEX, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union.

FRONTEX has recently sent six experts from different Member States to assist the Immigration Police section in the fight against illegal immigration particularly during the Summer months. These experts are already in Malta and are helping the police in identifying the nationality of the illegal immigrants disembarking in Malta. FRONTEX high officials have already visited Malta on three occasions in the past three months to set up a plan for assistance. Following these three visits they went for the first time in Lampedusa, another place particularly affected by the influx if illegal immigrants landing on its shores...
Franco Frattini

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