The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) is continuing border controls and inspections to prevent unauthorized transit, illegal emigration and cross-border crime.
Beyond 600 foreign citizens have been stopped by joint border patrols in cooperation with FRONTEX from 22 May to today. 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.
It is the first time that FRONTEX agents are operating in a country not belonging to the European Union.
Albania, a route for emigrants
Albania has recently returned to being - after the strengthening of Serbia's borders - a transit country for immigrants traveling from Greece and Bulgaria to Western European countries.
For this reason, in fact, since last summer about 45 agents of Frontex - the European agency of the border and coastal guard - had arrived in our country and they had spread out in different places along the border sections.
In Montenegro the idea was born of building a barbed wire along the border to hinder asylum seekers, who initially arrive in Greece and then reach - through the aid of traffickers - Scutari and then Montenegro. Instead, the other path is to reach Serbia via Kosovo. The goal is always common: to reach one of the EU countries of Western Europe.