Frontex says migrant situation improving, Aegean main route

But director Leggeri says EU will be under pressure for decades

11 June, 14:54

    (ANSAmed) - BERLIN, JUNE 11 - Fabrice Leggeri, director of the European Union border agency Frontex, said the illegal immigration situation in the EU has "significantly improved", with 30,000 irregular crossings of EU borders since the start of 2019.

    "The majority are in Greece, where migrants are crossing the border from Turkey, or by sea. The Aegean Sea is once again the number one route," Leggeri said in an interview with German daily Welt, adding that Turkey has "ensured the hold with regards to Syria".

    "The European Union is still under pressure, and will remain under pressure in the coming decades. Therefore, the EU and its member states must also closely collaborate with countries of origin to make life more viable there. Politics shouldn't limit itself to just border protection," Leggeri said. Regarding the Mediterranean, Leggeri said the EU's goal is to have a rescue centre in Tripoli, "so that migrants rescued at sea can be brought there and treated adequately".

    "There needs to be a well-trained Libyan Coast Guard, and we are supporting its training. But that will only be possible if the situation in Libya stabilises and the fundamental rights of the people are respected," he said.

    "The training that we are offering Libya is focused not only on search and rescue in the search and rescue area of that country, but also on the fight against human trafficking on land and at sea and on respect for human rights," Leggeri said.


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