The German government has welcomed the work of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) along the border between Albania and Greece.
"Frontex is helping support the Albanian authorities in their work aimed at border protection, as well as in implementing EU standards in this direction."- reads the response of the German government to the request presented by the parliamentary group of the party" Die Linke ", reports the press agency" DPA ".
Currently along the border between Greece and Albania 66 Frontex units from 12 European Union countries - including 11 German police units - have been arranged and divided into five border points.
Albania but not only
This mission - the first carried out in a country not belonging to the EU - has consequently reached the high number of emigrants and refugees in the 2018, which have passed through Greece and Albania to reach the countries of Western Europe.
In the first six months of this year, in Albania 1210 new immigrants have been registered according to IOM Albania data. A value about three times lower than last year (3399 immigrants).
Besides 600 foreign citizens, in fact, were stopped by joint patrols of the border police in cooperation with Frontex from 22 in May to early July. At the Kapshticë border point (in the Korça district, southwest of Albania) 430 foreign citizens were stopped, while other 193 were stopped in the border section of Kakavija (in the district of Gjirokastër, southern Albania).
Some of these were sent to Tirana, waiting to complete the documentation before sending them back to their home country. While, another part, backtracked at the spontaneously boundary points.
Frontex agents will continue to constantly patrol the two border points of Kakavija and Kapshticë, considered to be the main corridors for illegal immigrants wishing to travel to Western European countries.
A trend that FRONTEX wants to extend throughout the Western Balkans: according to the German Ministry of the Interior, in fact, agreements with Serbia, Northern Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina would be "in the final phase of the negotiations".
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