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Frontex Stopped 233 People Smugglers in 2021

Frontex, through its latest update on overall achievements for 2021, revealed that the agency was able to work with EU member states throughout the year and effectively tackle cross-border crime.

According to a press release issued by Frontex, the year 2021 was a game-changer for them, the European Border Guard and the Coast Guard, as they confiscated 840 kilograms of drugs and 550 stolen cars.

In addition, they also discovered 572 forged documents as well as arrested 223 smugglers, TheSchengen.com reports.

“In 2021, Frontex worked together with other agencies in the EU and EU Member States to tackle cross-border crime as part of the EMPACT program: 840 kg of drugs and 550 stolen cars were seized, 572 forged documents were discovered, 223 smugglers were stopped. Frontex wrote on its official Twitter account.

Despite the fact that COVID-19 has spread widely within the European continent, the number of migrants who have been aiming to reach the EU illegally is still high.

Frontex has helped member states return 18,300 people to their countries of origin. Of the total number, 10,193 charter flights were returned, and another 8,107 flights were returned through scheduled flights.

In addition, the same order revealed that the agency, along with the responsible authorities in the member states, identified 1,050 smugglers and rescued a total of 34,349 people last year.

In order to be able to carry out such measures, more than 2,000 permanent corps have been deployed on the external borders of the European Union and beyond. The officers of the Permanent Corps, who came from almost every country in the European Union, were tested in different regions and under different conditions.

Except for carrying out the above measures, the officers of the Standing Corps were also deployed to the eastern border of the European Union, which was dealing with a mixed attack.

“At the end of the year, the result was impressive. There are about 2,000 permanent corps officers along the external borders, working alongside their national counterparts. Frontex officers are present in all locations on the external borders of the European Union where member states have required additional support to deal with immigration issues. , as well as cross-border crime,” said Frontex CEO Fabrice Leggerie.

Previously, Frontex announced that the number of illegal border crossings increased significantly in 2021. The European Union Border Agency recorded 36 percent more crossings last year than in 2019. Compared to 2020, data shows that there are 57 in 100 more illegal crossings in 2021.

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