The Frontex Evaluation Report on the deployment of Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) to the Greek-Turkish land border in 2010.

Joint Operation RABIT 2010 was the first deployment of its type and its evaluation is a crucial element in maintaining Frontex’s preparedness for rapid response to emergency situations at the EU’s external borders. The scale and speed of the deployment — in terms of both human and technical resources — was unprecedented in the Agency’s history. Experts in such areas as false-document detection, clandestine entry, dog handling, first- and second-line border checks and stolen vehicle detection, as well as specialist interviewers, de-briefers and linguists, were made available and dispatched by 26 Member States and Schengen-Associated Countries (SACs) during the four-month deployment, representing a total of 576 officers working around 19,000 man-days during the four-month operational period. 



 Failure of Greek authorities to set up migrant reception centers is jeopardizing mission


Officials of the European Union’s border monitoring agency Frontex are becoming increasingly frustrated with the failure of Greek authorities to contribute to their illegal immigration crackdown efforts at the Turkish border and are considering suspending the operation, Skai understands.

According to the agency’s executive director, Ilkka Laitinen, EU member states that have been contributing to a Frontex operation in the border region of Evros with manpower and equipment are becoming reluctant to continue their efforts as Greek authorities have failed to set up new migrant detention centers as promised.

A report issued by the agency showed that detentions at the Greek-Turkish land border increased by 20 percent in October compared to the same month last year. A statement issued by Frontex referred to “an absolute monthly record of 9,600 illegal border crossings.” “Average detections were over 300 irregular migrants crossing that border on a daily basis,” it said. The agency attributed the “dramatic development” to a combination of factors including the absence of sufficient detention facilities both in Greece and Turkey and the lack of adequate agreements for the readmission of immigrants from specific countries of origin.