Frontex agents to arrive at Greek-FYROM border next week

7 December 2015
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Frontex agents will be deployed at Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) next week in order to assist in the registration and fingerprinting of refugees and migrants arriving there, European Commission spokeswoman on migration issues Natasha Bertaud said on Monday.

“On Friday we had confirmation of two things from Greece: one was the finalisation of the operational plan with Frontex to deploy agents at the land border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) – this as of next week,” Bertaud said in response to an question posed by the ANA-MPA.

She noted that it would be Frontex who decided and “tell us the exact number of people to be deployed.”

In addition to finalising the operational plan with Frontex for the Greek-FYROM border last Friday, Greece had also activated the Rapid Border Intervention Team (RABIT) mechanism for the Aegean islands, Bertaud added.

“Frontex has five days to take a decision and finalise a plan, so we are also still waiting on that,” she said.

Regarding those that did not wish to apply for asylum in either Greece or FYROM but continue their journey north, Bertaud simply noted that ” if a third country national presents themselves at a border and does not request asylum in that country, they may be refused entry” under the Geneva Convention.

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